[Our Fake History] Episode #85- Was There a Real King Arthur? (Part I)

Episode #85- Was There a Real King Arthur? (Part I)

10/04/2019 by Sebastian Major

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=67645397
Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/ourfakehistory/Episode_85-_Was_There_A_Real_King_Arthur_Part_I.mp3?dest-id=367678

King Arthur is easily the most requested topic in the history of this podcast. This probably isn’t a surprise given Arthur’s stature in world of mythology. But is Arthur more than a myth? Was there a real person who lived around 500 AD who inspired the tales of Arthur? Before we can answer that question we need to dive into the weird history of the medieval scholar Geoffrey of Monmouth. Tune in and find out how Trojan refugees, Wile E. Coyote style deaths, and a giant named Gogmagog all play a role in the story.

Listen Date: 2019-05-07

Notes:

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth’s history of British kings is some surreal shit.
  • Brutus being the originator of Britain was of course referenced in the In Our Time episode on Owen Glyndair; but I think I first encountered it in Alan Moore’s LXG. But this was the first time I heard the backstory; i.e., it’s Aeneid fanfiction.
  • All in all, what a thoroughly bonkers and fun episode.

 

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