King Arthur is a legendary Romano-British leader who led the defence of the British Isles against the Anglo-Saxon invaders shortly after the Romans left in 400 AD.
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are a central component of British native folklore.
In various Welsh and Breton (those British that fled to Brittany in north-western France) tales and poems, Arthur appears as a mighty warrior, defending Britain against human and supernatural foes.
In some sources Arthur was aid to have killed 960 men in a single battle at Mount Badon.
King Arthur ruled along with his Knights of the Round Table (the table was round meaning that all who sat at it were equal).
According to the legend, after King Uther died (Arthurâ€™s father), Britain was left without a king and the land was divided equally among a number of lords.
The wizard Merlin then informs all concerned that there is a sword in a rock called Excalibur that can only be pulled from the rock by the true King of Britain.
Arthur is the only man to accomplish it, and Merlin crowns him King of Britain.
After consolidating power, Arthur builds his new capital city, Camelot, and peace reigns for many years.
He then marries Guinevere, who becomes Queen of Camelot.
In the end, Arthur is betrayed by Lancelot, one of his knights, and Guinevere, who is sentenced to death for adultery.
Lancelot rescues Guinevere and war breaks out.
Historians from across the ages have tried in vain to find some reliable evidence of Arthurâ€™s existence, but hard proof remains elusive.
The legend of King Arthur has special meaning for the native British people who are also struggling to resist a similar foreign invasion of our soil in the modern age.