was arthur pendragon a real person?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The fact of the matter is, there is no historical evidence that points directly to the existence of Arthur Pendragon. Scholars are constantly debating about ancient texts that contain mention of someone that may have been Arthur. One school of thought, citing entries in the Historia Brittonum and the Annales Cambriae, sees Arthur as a genuine historical figure, a Romano-British leader who fought against the invading Anglo-Saxons sometime in the late 5th to early 6th century. The Historia Brittonum, a 9th-century Latin historical compilation attributed in some late manuscripts to a Welsh cleric called Nennius, lists twelve battles that Arthur fought. Recent studies, however, question the reliability of the Historia Brittonum as a source for the history of this period. This lack of convincing early evidence is the reason many historians exclude Arthur from their accounts of post-Roman Britain. In the view of historian Thomas Charles-Edwards for instance, "at this stage of the enquiry, one can only say that there may well have been an historical Arthur but the historian can as yet say nothing of value about him".

    The legendary Arthur developed as a figure of international interest largely through the popularity of Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th-century Historia Regum Britanniae. There are some Welsh and Breton tales and poems relating the story of Arthur date from earlier than this work; in these works, Arthur appears either as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies or as a magical figure of folklore, sometimes associated with the Welsh Otherworld, Annwn. How much of Geoffrey's Historia (completed in 1138) was adapted from such earlier sources, rather than invented by Geoffrey himself, is unknown

    Various elements and incidents that are now an integral part of the Arthurian legend appear in Geoffrey's Historia, including Arthur's father Uther Pendragon, the wizard Merlin, the sword Excalibur, Arthur's birth at Tintagel, his final battle against Mordred at Camlann and final rest in Avalon. The 12th-century French writer Chrétien de Troyes added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the story. Arthurian literature thrived during the Middle Ages but waned in the centuries that followed until it experienced a major resurgence in the 19th century. In the 21st century, the legend lives on, not only in literature but also in adaptations for theatre, film, television, comics and other media.

  • mulvey
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    King Uther Pendragon

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Yes he was a real person, but some people think that the name Merlin was actually a title rather than a name, so there were probably many a Merlin. The true title may have been Merdin, though. I'ts very probable that the Merdin was a Druid, possibly the Chief Druid of Britannia. It is very difficult to decide what texts written supposedly by him, were of his own composure, or by someone much later.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a shame but yes.

    Arthur right now is sat by Uther's side and so am I

    Uther is talking about magic like normal

    So yes. Arthur is this annoying child who thinks he is a man. His manservant Merlin is more of a man.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I beleive so

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