By David Carroll
The secret surrounding the legend of King Arthur has ultimately been solved and the query "did he rather exist?" answered.
'Arturius - A Quest for Camelot', is the results of six years' learn, and the booklet explains and proves past average doubt the truth and id of King Arthur.
Using formerly missed facts from the seventh and eighth centuries advert, writer D. F. Carroll believes he has succeeded in ultimately fixing the mystery.
Most importantly, the ebook is predicated on old facts. The identify Arthur in its sixth Century advert shape is Artur, and because the clergymen who recorded the earliest heritage wrote in Latin, they recorded the identify as Arturius.
Any records the place the identify Arthur is spelled with an 'h' are not likely to have originated from earlier than the twelfth Century advert, and are hence unreliable as facts of sixth Century history.
A universal grievance through readers of books almost about King Arthur, is that irrespective of how lengthy the ebook, or how jam-packed with info it can be, on the finish, the reader remains to be left asking the query, "but who used to be Arthur?"
The explanation for this can be that the majority writers just about King Arthur cram their books filled with details, derived customarily from legends, myths, and poems that are traditionally of no worth, and have the ability to create the appearance of getting defined to you who Arthur relatively used to be, the place actually you continue to don't know the reply to the query, "but who was once Arthur?"
In this publication, i've got used no legends or poems or myths, or the unreliable 'Annals of Wales'. as an alternative i've got used the extra trustworthy 'Annals of Ulster' and 'Annals of Tigernach', including Adomnan's 'Life of Columba'.
The ebook relies now not on legends, yet fairly the simplest to be had ancient evidence.
Therefore, on the finish of this booklet, you won't be left to ask yourself "who fairly used to be Arthur?", simply because this ebook will offer a transparent and unequivocal solution to that query.
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It seems nothing could be further from reality. By the time of Arthur the Saxons were well established in the East of England, and if Arthur was not a supreme ruler of Britain, which as we have explained he was not, because the country was divided into numerous kingdoms, then his influence must have been only in a limited region, and as we can prove an historical Arthur lived and fought in this region called the North, and as we have explained the battles can most certainly be located there, and as the Saxons of Bernicia were extending their borders and coming into conflict with the Britons of the North, then it is to this region and this period of time, that is the last quarter of the 6th Century that the battles can logically be assigned.
So great was the lasting impression made by Geoffrey of Monmouth, who portrayed Arthur as a Southern British King, that people would forever regard him as such. The proof of Arthur or rather Arturius as the name was originally, is found in Adomnan’s “Life of St Columba”, written just one hundred years after Arthur’s death. The proof however is not simply in the name, the proof is in fact, in an understanding of the role of Arthur, in the history of the time in which he lived, in the Kingdom in which he fought and died, of his contemporaries, of the role he was required to adopt in relation to his father the King.
He was however, I believe, the leader in battle of the united Christian British Kingdoms of the North, the ‘Dux Bellorum’ or leader in battle, as he is described in the history of ‘Nennius’. It is possible that Arthur and Constantine met, not in Southern Britain but in the North, this we can prove from the scant evidence available. As we have said, Constantine was definitely a King around the middle of the 6th Century AD in Cornwall, but he evidently gave up his crown and became a monk, whether because 57 of the encroaching Saxons or whether due to a genuine vocation we do not know.