Fun Facts about Camelot:
– Stories about King Arthur are known from at least as early as the ninth century.
– Much of what we know about Camelot is fictionalized.
– Camelot was the stronghold of the legendary king Arthur.
– King Arthur was a Dark Age ruler who united his people, drove invaders from his land, and created an empire of peace.
– Camelot was a shining city on a hill, where equality and justice towered over all.
– This was a fifth-century realm of mystery, magic, and beauty.
– The wizard Merlin granted Arthur powers of magic.
– Camelot has become a metaphor for the perfect society.
– Arthur appears in his first materialization in the ‘History of the Britons’, written in 830 by Nennius.
– Arthur’s knights met at a round table in Camelot.
– Legend states that Arthur will remain sleeping until foreign invaders threaten Britain once again.
– The main peak above the city of Edinburgh is known as Arthur’s seat.
– There is no historical evidence that King Arthur existed.
– The oldest known literature about King Arthur makes no reference to Camelot by name.
– Camelot is first mentioned explicitly in the romance called Lancelot written by the French poet Chretien de Troyes between 1170 and 1185.
– There is a massive Round Table in the Great Hall at Winchester which was said to be King Arthur’s Round Table.
– Winchester was first identified as the Camelot of legend by Sir Thomas Malory in his ‘Le Morte D’Arthur’ in 1485.
– There is some speculation that Camelot was derived from the Latin word ‘Camelodunum’.
– One theory claims that Arthur was a Roman centurion named Lucius Artorius Castus.
– Camelot – the castled city associated with King Arthur – was invented by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.
– The adventures of King Arthur, were told and retold between the 11th and 15th centuries in hundreds of manuscripts.
– Some 150 knights were said to have sat at the Round Table.
– Merlin, Arthur’s advisor, appears in different legends as a magician, a prophet, a wildman, or a visionary poet.
– Morgan le Fay was described in stories as Arthur’s half-sister who became his most implacable foe.
– The greatest task undertaken by Arthur’s knights was the quest for the grail.
– Camelot symbolized the Golden Age of Chivalry.
– In one of the most famous legends, King Arthur pulled a sword from a stone.
– King Arthur’s magnificent sword was called Excalibur.