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King Arthur's Britain - A Map
Geoffrey Of Monmouth
Avalon, Fantasy and the Myths of King Arthur
The current focus of the site is fantasy, King Arthur and the myths and legends associated with his life. Here you can find texts on all the major events of King Arthur's life both before he became King Arthur and during his reign. The myths are taken from many sources but mainly from The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth. At present each event will only be covered briefly but over time these shall be fleshed out more and more.
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Many of the more modern tellings of the tail of King Arthur's life story are adaptations of Monmouth's story. Some of them, especially films, only loosely follow the text, while books such as The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley take the main characters and places, building up a whole new mythos around them.
Perhaps the best film made to date, in terms of being based on Monmouth's story, was a film called Excalibur (1981) directed by John Boorman. It begins before King Arthur is born and continues on to describe many of the myths associated with him. Particularly, how influential Merlin was on Arthur before he became king and right up to and past his time of troubles (prompting the search for the holy grail).
It's certainly true that one has to be very enthusiastic about King Arthur and have something of an academic interest in Arthurian myths to be able to read all of The History of the Kings of Britain but it is well worth doing. One must be extremely careful when reading about King Arthur or the Arthurian era because there are huge amounts of over simplification and misinformation regarding Arthur, especially when reading 'pop lit' or watching Hollywood films. Many of these show patriotic versions of what were essentially ideological based myths. The hope with this site is to not suggest that there is on true version of King Arthur's story, but to give a readable version that admits openly where it takes its sources from.
This site is intended as a blend of content and connectivity, to help wanderers on the information superhighway find items of use in among the morass. Primarily we are interested in content associated, however loosely, with a lifestyle epitomised by the pursuit of Avalon. Avalon, the mythical island, Avalon, the very tangible ideal; the pursuit of beauty and passion and wonderment in a world designed to be mediocre. This can be content ranging from myths and legends, such as those about King Arthur, or actual sites to do with Avalon.