King Arthur

Legendary British Leader (Posh Posh)

Who is the bloke?

The renowned King Arthur, leader of the British Empire in the late 5th century and early 6th century, is best known for leading the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early 6th century. The great folkloric king is usually depicted as either a great warrior defending medieval Britain, or a magical figure such as a mage or wizard. Historians believe him to have been a Romano-British leader who fought against the Anglo-Saxons in numerous battles such as Mons Badonicus, or Mt. Badon (where he was said to have killed 960 men single-handedly) and the Battle of Camlann, where both King Arthur and Medraut (Mordred, one of his many enemies) were killed.

What's the usual setup of his tall tales?

Apart from being a European-British originated folk hero, King Arthur is usually seen, in his tales, as a young peasant boy rising to the challenge and beating the odds and soon being seen as an incredible and unstoppable knight and warrior, and later a legendary king. A few of his most common enemies in his tales are Mordred, Saxon chiefs such as Cheldric, Colgrin, and Baldulf, and even a giant named Ritho. Other times, King Arthur is seen as a great wizard or mage of royalty, or being constantly aided by one, as in his personal wizard, Merlin.

Where is he mentioned then?

King Arthur has been depicted in many different types of literature and entertainment: Movies, poems, books, TV shows, and the like. If it ever strikes your fancy, a good read about the folk hero King Arthur would be The Once and Future King or The Mists of Avalon. Or, if your more into a visual, the well known SyFy TV show Merlin might be for you.