King Arthur's Round Table

This is kinda cool. From the Telegraph: Historians locate King Arthur's Round Table
Researchers exploring the legend of Britain’s most famous Knight believe his stronghold of Camelot was built on the site of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre in Chester.

Legend has it that his Knights would gather before battle at a round table where they would receive instructions from their King.

But rather than it being a piece of furniture, historians believe it would have been a vast wood and stone structure which would have allowed more than 1,000 of his followers to gather.

Historians believe regional noblemen would have sat in the front row of a circular meeting place, with lower ranked subjects on stone benches grouped around the outside. (...)

The recent discovery of an amphitheatre with an execution stone and wooden memorial to Christian martyrs, has led researchers to conclude that the other location is Chester.

Mr Gidlow said: “In the 6th Century, a monk named Gildas, who wrote the earliest account of Arthur’s life, referred to both the City of Legions and to a martyr’s shrine within it. That is the clincher. The discovery of the shrine within the amphitheatre means that Chester was the site of Arthur’s court and his legendary Round Table.”
Hat tip to Wolf Howling, who has more on the subject.

3 reacties:

William zei

Sorry, but King Arthur never existed. He was made up by the Normans to justiy their rule of England -- note that Arthur was said to have years in Normandy as a boy. No Arthur, no round table, just more B.S., too bad.

Klein Verzet zei

According to this the matter of whether or not King Arthur is historical has not been settled at all.

And the correlation between Gildas' description of the site and the amphitheatre found does tend to lend credence to the historicity of Arthur.

It pays to keep an open mind about this.

Dougweller zei

Gildas never mentions Arthur.

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