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Was King Arthur a legend based on the attributes of several great leaders or just one...

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kalliem20 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted June 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM via web

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Was King Arthur a legend based on the attributes of several great leaders or just one actual person?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this question depends upon if one actually believes that King Arthur existed or not. Historians have argued in favor of both sides. Some have found papers which denote his lineage (as the son of Uther Pendragon and Igraine of Cornwall), while others have dismissed him as the creation of many imaginative tales.

Those who dismiss Arthur, as a figment of the imagination, state him to be the one character who was created as the result of the actions and stories regarding many true warriors (those who followed the code of chivalry and of the knight). Others state that Arthur was, in fact, a real person (just not the king he has come to be known as).

Essentially, King Arthur could be a real person who ruled his own kingdom. King Arthur could also simply be a man created to illuminate and illustrate the ideals of a culture. In the end, no definitive answer has ever been found.

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