Delivering a steady and staple diet of Hollywood movies, the legend of King Arthur has been told and retold throughout the ages. Prophesied to return in the UK’s darkest hour, King Arthur’s myth has endured throughout the centuries and has never disappeared from the British psyche.
While the main characters of King Arthur’s story are set in stone; namely Excalibur, Merlin, Guinevere and the Round Table, there are a number of common misconceptions about King Arthur which most people don’t know. The first is that King Arthur didn’t need to pull a sword from a stone to become King. He was born to be King.
Rediscovered by historical detectives Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett, the legend of King Arthur is being retold, in a way never heard before since the Dark Ages. Having published a number of books on the subject, ranging from ‘Arthur The War King,’ ‘Artorius Rex Discovered,’ ‘The King Arthur Conspiracy’ and ‘Moses in the Hieroglyphs’, here are the top 10 misconceptions of King Arthur, based on the historical research of Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett.
- There was more than one King Arthur
There were actually up to five King Arthur’s in Britain’s ancient history. The first King Arthur was the eldest son of Magnus Maximus, grandson of the British Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome. King Arthur I lived between 355-388AD in Britain and according to the ancient Welsh chronicles, (the basis of Wilson and Blackett’s research), in 383AD conquered Gaul, Spain, Southern Germany, Switzerland and Italy; maintaining the royal dynasty, which would see the second King Arthur born on Christmas day 503AD, nearly 125 years later.
King Arthur II was born to Queen Onbrawst and King Maurice. Grandson of the Paramount Pendragon King Theoderic, whose royal lineage was claimed to go all the way back to the Holy family, to Anne, sister of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. King Arthur II united Britain and laid the foundations for the King Arthur legend we remember today. An easy way to differentiate between the two most famous King Arthur’s in British history, is to remember that King Arthur I fought the Romans, and King Arthur II fought the Saxons.
- King Arthur didn’t pull a sword from a stone to become King
All the King Arthur’s throughout history were born into their roles, and neither King Arthur I or King Arthur II, needed to pull a sword from a stone to claim their right to rule. Royal inheritance was passed down between father and son; though as was the custom in ancient Celt society, if the son wasn’t fit to rule, then an uncle, cousin or nephew would naturally take over the role. This happened to King Arthur II, were upon his father King Maurice suffering an injury that left him lame, found himself Paramount King of all Britain at the age of 15-years-old. He would go onto win 12 decisive battles against the Saxons, Picts and Scots; uniting Britain under one King, and building the foundations of a nation we call ‘Great Britain’ today.
The myth that King Arthur pulled a sword from a stone, from which only the rightful King of Britain could pull; is based on the vivid imagination of 15th-century-french-writer Chretien de Troyes, who first wrote about the Arthurian adventures, probably based on the 12th-century-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth’s book, ‘The History of the Kings of Britain.’ Both Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett claim Geoffrey of Monmouth, made the mistake of joining both the historical King Arthur’s into one, and thus muddling ancient British history for centuries to come.
- Merlin was not a wizard
Fictionalized as a wise old wizard and reinforced by countless Hollywood and TV films and shows, Merlin wasn’t actually a wizard, but a renowned and respected war-lord in his own right, who taught a young King Arthur everything he needed to know about being a great warrior. Quoted from ‘King Arthur The War King’ book; here is a young King Arthur’s school report; “Arthur was not the biggest or the strongest of the youths at Merlin Emry’s castle, yet he was by far the cleverest. In the mock fights and duels which they thought out to practice with their weapons, he was quite often beaten, but when tempers flared, and occasionally fought angrily with each other as boys do, he always emerged the winner.”
Common in 5th-6th century Celtic culture, boys from the nobility aged 7-14-years-old, were either sent into the clergy and taught to the priests, or sent to military camp to become warriors. Luckily for the future of Britain, a young King Arthur II was sent to the North Welsh mountains, to be taught by the old war-lord Merlin and other warriors of note, Moro and Tegid; who taught Arthur (and his peers), warfare, military strategy, how to read and write, count, play guitar, dance and win wars.
- Guinevere didn’t have an affair with Lancelot
Reinforced by Hollywood as a adulterous wife sneaking behind King Arthur’s, back to sleep with his best friend; nothing could be further than the truth, (though with the Chinese Whispers, whispering throughout the centuries, it’s easy to see why Guinevere was painted in such a ‘scarlet’ light.) Lancelot was a peer of King Arthur II called King Maelgwyn Gwynedd, and never had any sexual relations with Guinevere!
According to ancient Welsh poems and stories the young Queen Guinevere (spelt Gwenhwyfar in Welsh), did have trouble adapting to court life. (Much the same as today with Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry.) It’s said that Gwenhwyfar had tearful temper tantrums, and during one particular meal the young Queen was deliberately polite and charming to a particular young soldier, to arouse jealousy with her husband for being excluded from state affairs and other such matters of Kings importance. Its recounted that King Arthur wasn’t too happy and banished her to the Queen’s quarters for the next three days. Gwenhwyfar would soon become accustomed to role as wife of a Paramount King of all Britain, and come to terms with her husband’s responsibilities and needs. Gwenhwyfar and Arthur would go onto have two children, Noe and Morgan.
- King Arthur created The Round Table
Muddling ancient British history for centuries to come, 12th-century-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth really has made a hash of ancient British history, though to his credit, he did get some things right. For example, King Arthur really did create the Round Table.
Breaking tradition with the established seating plan of the most important people at the top, with the less important people to the left, right and below, King Arthur blew all that elitist tradition away, by adopting a round table, at which everyone had an equal say and presence. King Arthur heralded in an new era of equality, leadership and innovation. Many of King Arthur’s innovations, laws and principles, were copied by the Plantagenet royal dynasty, (who reigned Britain from 1154 to 1485); building the foundations of British life today.
- King Arthur invented the Summer ‘Festive’ Games
Having driven the Saxon hordes from their lands, and united the Kingdom, King Arthur had brought peace and prosperity to his people, but needed something to keep his highly trained, battle-ready and experienced army, busy and occupied. King Arthur’s Great Festival Games was his answer. Every year to celebrate Easter, he would hold a Summer Festive Games, in which everyone from his Kingdom, from young apprentices, to Freeman, to Nobleman, to battled hardened veterans; could compete against each other, across a wide and varied range of competitions, including horse races, sword-and-shield contests, hounds and falcon competitions, archery, you name it, you could compete in it. It’s mentioned in ‘King Arthur The War King’, that King Arthur himself, ‘laughed and congratulated the winners when he lost, setting the correct example of the games’.
Attracting Kings, Queen’s, Princes, Princesses, Noble-men, Free-men, and travellers from across the nation, (and abroad from Brittany), the Summer ‘Festive’ Games would last for 12 days, (one day for each apostle), and end with an Easter parade lead by King Arthur himself, carrying various Holy relics and his shield, (depicting the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus in her arms), through the city, followed by his priests and bishops.
- King Arthur’s son did not kill him
While incest may have been a concern for 17th and 18th century Saxon and Norman royal dynasties, no such issues were a concern during the lives of the ancient Welsh royal families. Hollywood of the 21st century, has always depicted the demise of King Arthur to be a sordid and murky affair of family incest, betrayal and murder, but contrary to modern gossip and rumour, there was no history of incest, murder and betrayal in any of the Welsh royal dynasties of ancient Britain.
According to the historical research of Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett published in their book ‘Artorius Rex Discovered’, Modred was his nephew and his sons were called Morgan and Noe. King Arthur died sometime in 567AD in Kentucky America. The truth is often more amazing than fiction, and in the case of King Arthur II, that’s definitely true. Keep reading and you’ll find out just how King Arthur II really died; (no doubt the same way King Arthur I died too!)
- King Arthur didn’t give Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake
King Arthur didn’t return Excalibur to the ‘Lady in the Lake’, fatally wounded. While the truth of King Arthur II’s death is even more spectacular than most people would ever imagine; the notion that a mysterious amphibious-type woman, lived in a lake, took custody of a sword, is french romantic rubbish and obviously never happened.
The hard truth about the King Arthur story, is that there was no ‘magical sword’ called ‘Excalibur’, that mysteriously found itself stuck into a stone. There was no quest for the Holy Grail, and there was definitely never a ‘Lady of the Lake’, who regained ownership of Excalibur upon King Arthur’s final demise.
- King Arthur didn’t die in battle
The truth of how the legendary King Arthur II actually died is more amazing than you’ll ever imagine; though luckily for you you’re about to find out. He didn’t die in battle at the hands of his son Mordred; instead, he died having taken off his armour after a strenuous day battling the red Indians of Kentucky USA. A solitary native Indian boy had slipped through the medieval defenses and stealthily crept up to him unseen, before plunging his spear into his heart, ending the life of Britain’s greatest hero. Long live the King.
An ancient Welsh poem recalls the story of his body and belongings being wrapped in three deer skins sewn together, and sailed back across the Atlantic, to return his remains to his birth land. Laid in a cave in the Welsh countryside, King Arthur II’s bones were finally laid to rest on the grounds of Christianity’s first church, St Peter’s Church in Glamorgan, South Wales. Until today, his remains lay undisturbed.
- King Arthur’s Kingdom was destroyed by asteroid debris
King Arthur II’s kingdom was destroyed by asteroid debris in 567AD. The destruction has been remembered in history as the ‘Dark Ages’. With most of Britain devastated, the land toxic and unfarmable for between 7-11 years, nothing could stop the Saxons pouring in once the land became habitable again. King Arthur II’s brother Madoc, had just returned from across the Atlantic bringing back a black skinned man, with stories of a great land without Kings. An ancient Welsh poem recounts the dozens of questions King Arthur asked the traveller about the new land. In this time of crisis and a last ditch effort to save his people, King Arthur II salvaged what he could, built 700 ships and sailed his whole army across the Atlantic ocean, up the Mississippi river to Kentucky, before dismantling his ships to build homes, discovering America centuries before Christopher Columbus did.
Having found a new land in which his people could settle and grow, he didn’t take into account the ancient travel routes of the native Red Indians, who regularly travelled through Kentucky, and who took offence at being blocked, by this new arrival from across the great sea. Ironically after the great battles with King Arthur’s armies in Kentucky, they avoided the area, going around rather than through, in respect for the many lives lost on both sides, fearful of the fields of blood and the spirits which remained in torment. King Arthur II died sometime in 569AD, assassinated by a native indian savage , and has been remembered as Britain’s greatest King ever since. With Brexit dominating Britain’s politics, isn’t it any wonder that the British hold an inbred hostility towards Europe, and an independent spirit of self-rule. King Arthur II was a real historical figure, and according to Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett, was a King, from a long line of Kings leading all the way back to the Holy family themselves. If you thought the news King Arthur was real amazing enough; simply hold onto your hats, when you hear that according to Wilson and Blackett’s research; Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion and came to South Wales for sanctuary, where after he was known as the Lame Fisher King!