Was King Arthur just a myth?

There is no historical evidence that King Arthur existed. Historical records from the Dark Ages are almost non-existent, therefore little is known about 5th and 6th Century Britain – the time King Arthur supposedly established the Knights of the Round Table, defeated the Saxons, and built an empire.

The first reference to a king called Arthur crops up in the 9th Century, and was written by a reclusive Welsh monk called Nennius. The myth was later popularised by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae – widely accepted by scholars to stem largely from folklore and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s imagination.

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