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King Arthur

Did he exist?

MMDE: King Arthur probably existed

Current: King Arthur did not exist

King Arthur is a legendary figure surrounded by myth and mystery. 

He's best known for Camelot, his Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur, Lancelot, the Holy Grail, the Lady in the Lake and of course his trusty magician, Merlin.

However, people are reporting now that it's being stated as he probably never existed, whereas they remember it being quite possible he was an English king of around 600AD - and there being evidence of this, somewhere.

The MMDE isn't the fact he definitely did exist - it's the fact that people remember it being generally uncertain whether he did or not, and it's now changed to "definitely not".

Defended Britain against the Saxons

Almost all of the stories concerning King Arthur are suspected of being exaggerated or distorted down the centuries, right up to his very existence. It's known the Saxons did invade Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries, and the name Arthur does appear in some historical texts, where he is described as a leader against this invasion. He's not described as a king. The timing is only a two hundred years after the fall of the Roman Empire, and there's even a suggestion Arthur was a legend borne form a Roman officer who is documented to have existed in Britain in the 2nd/3rd century, Lucius Artorius Castus

The concern is that there were so many fanciful myths surrounding the legend, involving magicians and supernatural figures etc, that the very existence of the man at the center of them all is now in doubt, where it at least never used to be.

The Welsh connection

The first time the name Artorius, which is where Arthur is derived from, are in Welsh texts which describe the battle of Breton. There's no doubt about the Welsh origins, but research conducted by Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett suggest  in fact two people's lives could have been conflated into what we now know as Arthur.