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Interesting information about the fictional King Arthur of the Britons

King Arthur of Fiction
The stories of King Arthur that we know and love are fiction. There might be a person that the Real King Arthur was based upon, or even a number of heroes, such as Hereward the Wake,  that his life is based on - but there was no King in Medieval Times who was called King Arthur. This page therefore details the biography and life of the fictional King Arthur based on the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in books such as "Le Morte D'Arthur" by Sir Thomas Malory and the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Short Biography profile and facts about the fictitious life of King Arthur of England
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the fictitious life of King Arthur of England:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: English
  • Also Known by the Nickname: 'The One, True King of the Britons'
  • Born: Unknown
  • Place of Birth: Tintagel
  • Close family connections or relatives: He was the son of King Uther Pendragon and Igraine the Duchess of Cornwall, first wife of Gorlois of Cornwall, and later of Uther Pendragon
  • Morgan le Fay was King Arthur's half-sister of legend
  • Mordred was the villainous nephew of King Arthur who actually turns out to be his son
  • Sir Ector: Foster father of Arthur and father of Sir Kay a Knight of the Round Table
  • Merlin was the teacher and mentor of King Arthur
  • King Arthur married: Guinevere who was the daughter of King Leodegraunce of Cameliard
  • Sir Lancelot: Knight of the Round Table, son of Kin Ban of Benwick and lover of Queen Guinevere
  • Sir Galahad: Knight of the Round Table, son of Sir Lancelot and Elaine of Corbenic. The best of all the knights who achieves the Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Home of King Arthur: Camelot
  • Cause of the Death of King Arthur: King Arthur is killed in his last battle, the Battle of Camlann
  • Character of King Arthur: Honourable, Honest, Loyal, Chivalrous and Valiant

King Arthur
The story of King Arthur can be categorised under the following headings:

  • The birth and rise of the young Arthur and the story of the Sword in the Stone called Excalibur and his teacher and mentor Merlin the Magician

  • His role as King of Britain and the marriage of King Arthur to Guinevere

  • The life of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere at Camelot

  • The formation of the Knights of the Round Table

  • Stories of the valiant and chivalrous deeds of the Knights of the Round Table

  • The Quest of the Holy Grail

  • The affair between Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere

  • The breaking of the Knights of the Round Table

  • The death of King Arthur
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