Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Camelot And Armorica
"BEFORE KING ARTHUR THERE WAS
"THE KING OF YS"
This is almost literally true:
in the early fifth century, Grallon, the last King of Ys, becomes Duke of Armorica;
he gives a messenger "'...letters to several leading men who look like good prospects..." in Britannia (Chapter XXIV, section 2);
they might organize joint sea patrols and expeditions against pirates;
"...there is mention...of joint action against the Germans in Gaul..." (p. 525);
Grallon's successor, Salomon, reigns as King Salaun, 421-435 (p. 528);
temporary British victories mid-century are "...the seed from which the Arthurian legend sprang." (ibid.)
So Arturus might have been one of those leading men contacted by Grallon.