[Our Fake History] Episode #86- Was There a Real King Arthur? (Part II)

Episode #86- Was There a Real King Arthur? (Part II)

24/04/2019 by Sebastian Major

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=68959146
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The Arthurian legend has been described by at least one scholar as a giant mythical vacuum. It has a reputation for sucking in and absorbing previously independent legends and making them part of Arthur’s story. One of the most famous characters to be absorbed into the Arthurian legend was the ultra-devoted Sir. Lancelot. What can the Lancelot stories teach us about the evolution of Arthur’s legend? Tune in and find out devious dwarves, a sword bridge, and guy named Bademagu all play a role in the story.

Listen Date: 2019-05-23


  • Important point: this episode has almost zero history and is almost all Sebastian Major telling the story of The Knight of the Cart.
  • But I did learn that Thomas Malory was a traitor in the War of the Roses, and wrote the Arthurian legend in prison.
  • The bit about knights getting dishonoured by traveling in carts and it being an insult to offer them a cart ride got me back to Deirdre McCloskey.


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