Presentation on theme: "The Story of King Arthur Arthur was the first born son of King Uther Pendragon and heir to the throne. However these were very troubled times and Merlin,"— Presentation transcript:
The Story of King Arthur Arthur was the first born son of King Uther Pendragon and heir to the throne. However these were very troubled times and Merlin, a wise magician, advised that the baby Arthur should be raised in a secret place and that none should know his true identity.
Story of King Arthur Continued As Merlin feared, when King Uther died there was great conflict over who should be the next king. Merlin used his magic to set a sword in a stone. Written on the sword, in letters of gold, were these words: "Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone is the rightwise born king of all England." Of course all the contenders for the throne took their turn at trying to draw the sword, but none could succeed. Arthur, quite by chance, withdrew the sword for another to use in a tournament. Following this he became King.
King Arthur’s Achievements The King Arthur of legend would have lived in post-Roman Britain. At a time when there was a power vacuum in Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries, the British had to defend themselves against several invasions. The most worrying of these invaders were the Anglo-Saxons from northern Europe. It is during this fight for the control of Britain that the historical figure is thought to have lived.
King Arthur’s Achievements Continued Any battles King Arthur fought would have been against the Saxon invaders, who had established themselves in the south east corner of England, and were expanding their territory both north and west. At the same time, their appear to have been Pict incursions into England from Scotland. Battles were generally fought to gain land, and it was not until Badon, where a British defeat of the Saxons resulted in a generation of peace.