Fact or Fable
By; Kelly d. Whittaker
|The legend of King Arthur has survived from the 6th century.
People still debate on whether Arthur was a myth or a real King of Briton.
Many scholars have recorded Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Gunivere.
The records were recorded some 100 years after Arthur had died. Deep skepticism has
formed on the possible birth and death of Arthur. The Welsh claim Arthur as their
son but recent interpretations of the old manuscripts suggest that Arthur, Lancelot,
Galahad and Cornwall were all Scots or Celts of Dalriada.
A modern scholar by the name of Norma Lorre Goodrich spent 15 years as a linguistics
specialist of over twenty-two different languages, researching the manuscripts of the
legendary Arthur. Mrs. Goodrich went to the countries that had these manuscripts, on
a quest to prove the legend was real. Her feelings are very similar to many
historians, that there is a shred of truth in every legend told. She had to find
that shred of evidence.
Arthur Pendragon was born in 559 in the castle of his mother Ygerna del Acqs. Ygerna
or Igraine was the True High Queen of the Celtic Kingdoms. Igraine was married to
Gwyr-Llew, Dux of Carlisle. The Scots Chronicle records the event as thus:
Becaus at ye heire if Brytan was maryit wy tane Scottis man quen ye Kinrik wakit, and
Arthure was XV yere alde, ye Brytannis maid him king be ye devilrie of Merlynge, and yis
Arthure was gottyn onn ane oyir mannis wiffe, ye Dux of Caruele.
The Historia Regum Brittanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth states that the Warlord of Carlisle
was literally spirited away to the southern West Country to become Gorlois, Duke of
Arthurs father was King Aedan of Dalriada the youngest son of King
Constantine. Arthur was recognized as the King of Britain at the time his father was
crowned the King of what is now Scotland. In 575 is when Columba ordained the
two Pendragons. King Constantine was the first Roman Christian monarch. Arthur was a
Roman Christian as well. His mother, Igraine wanted him to make the Celtic Christian
Church the Church of the Britons.
Arthurs half sister, Anna married King Loth of Lothian and had several children
including Gawain and Lancelot. Gawain, Lancelot and Arthur were all trained at a
military instillation in Sweetheart which is now New Abbey across the Nith River near
The Merlin was a mortal man as well as Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, Constantine and King
Aedan. Merlin was the title for the Seer to the King. His birth name was Emrys
of Powys. He was the chief advisor for both Pendragon Kings. He was also an
elder cousin of Aedan Mac Gabran. The Merlin did prophisy the future. He told
King Aedan that he would be alive to see all three of his sons die in battle as the Celtic
Christians fought the Roman Christians for the Head of the Island.
Arthur did have a ancestral relationship with his half-sister Morgan Le Fay that lead to a
son by the name of Modred being born. The Celtic Church did not see this as being
wrong for they believe that there is a Male and a Female that makes up God. Therefore the
union between Morgana and Arthur was blessed. This created a whole ruler for the
Celts of Britain.
Morgana or Morgan Le Fey raised Modred to be the Head of the Celtic Christian Church.
This was after Arthur had proved to be a Roman Christian. Modred also had the
same roman soldier training that his father and uncles had received.
There is a misconception of Arthur being Welsh for a very good reason. During the 6th
century there were two Arthurs. The one this story is based on and the second was
Arthur Prince of Dyfed whom was installed by St. Dubricius in 506. This Arthur was a
descendant of the Deisi leaders from Ireland that were the enemies of the Welsh. The
confusion is from the Merlin connection. Merlins father was Aurelious of
Powys. Aurelious wife was the sister Arthur of Dyfed. This made Merlin
the nephew of Arthur of Dyfed while at the same time the cousin to Arthur Mac Gabran the
Through out this story, please keep in mind that the Welsh and the Scots were allies and
had towns and villages of very similar names. Only with modern translations can both
Arthurs be identified.
King Arthur did marry Queen Gwenhwyfar of Brittany. Gwenhwyfar is know to us as
Gunivere or modern translation of Jennifer. Gunivere was a Celt priestess and a
Queen by her own rights. She was recorded by Columba as being a fierce fighting
woman. Sir Lancelot was actually her knight before her and Arthur were married.
She brought Lancelot into the Pendragons service.
The treacherous affair between Lancelot and Gunivere was recorded by the St. Columba and
other scholars at the time. King Urien of Gorre makes a declaration of war because
he claimed Gunivere and her lands as his. King Urien actually kidnaps the Queen.
Lancelot comes to her rescue that in turn leads to their affair.