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Fantastic Fantasy: King Arthur

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Aiden Webster, Reporter

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Have you ever read the story of King Arthur? It may not be historically accurate, but it is still pretty interesting. In this story, I will be telling you all about King Arthur, the fictional king that provided entertainment for people world-wide.

First off, let’s see who he actually is. King Arthur is a fictional character who was the head of a kingdom, Camelot. In the story, he saved his kingdom from a invasion from the Saxons. A Celtic monk named Gildas, wrote about the invasion in his work; The Ruin and Conquest of Britain. However, he did not include King Arthur in his story. There is no evidence on a real King Arthur, but some people think he might be real.

King Arthur’s legend still continues even today, with movies, books, and even plays. King Arthur: Legend on the Sword, was a recent release an told the story on King Arthur and his son. Though it may not have been accurate, it is still very entertaining and still tells most of the original story. You can watch the movie trailer here. Currently at EMS, an event is going on where there will be a play about King Arthur played by a multitude of students from around the school. It is called, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and will be performed of Friday May 11, and Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the EMS Cafetorium.

Now that all the boring stuff is out on the way, let’s get on to the fun facts!

King Arthur’s sword was called Excalibur.

  • King Arthur married Lady Guinevere but she later betrayed him when she fell in love with Sir Lancelot, King Arthur’s bravest knight. Legend states that she later married Sir Mordred, King Arthur’s nephew, and a traitor.
  • In the battle that followed, King Arthur was fatally wounded.
  • Some scholars believe that King Arthur’s name is derived from the Roman name, Astorius,  while others believe it is Celtic in origin derived from the word Art-Rig.
  • Legend states that King Arthur was taken to Avalon by Three Fairies to cure his wounds. He will be awakened one day to defend Britain.

For more fun facts, visit http://www.softschools.com/facts/fiction/king_arthur_facts/2351/

Overall, King Arthur was a fictitious king who defended his kingdom alongside Sir Lancelot (Who is also fictional). He also was wounded in battle but saved by magic fairies who brought him back to his castle. This story has been made into a book, play and even a movie. King Arthur’s sword was called the “Excalibur”. Have you ever read a fantasy story that really interested you?

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