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King Arthur is the legendary king from the Dark Ages and was a popular figure in stories and poems in the Middle Ages. Edward III based the Order of the Garter on the myths of King Arthur and the Round Table. Glastonbury Abbey
is linked to Arthur and it was thought that a body dug up at the Abbey was that of the King.
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||King Arthur found at Glastonbury
| ||From the Chronicles of Meaux Abbey came the report saying 'In the twenty-third year of Henry, the body of Arthur some time king of the Britons were found at Glastonbury, between two stone pyramids formerly erected in the sacred cemetery. Hidden by a hollow oak, lay about fifteen feet deep in the ground. Some confusion with this date as I've also seen the date 1178 from Meaux Abbey chronicles. |
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||First Round Table at Windsor
| ||A jousting tournament at Windsor castle may have been the time of the creation of the Order of the Garter based on the King Arthur's knights of the Round Table. A huge circular hall was built within the grounds of the castle just for the event. The hall is supposed to have been 200 feet in diameter. The formal creation of the Order occurred later in 1348.  |
||Founding of the Order of the Garter
| ||King Edward III of England established the Order of the Garter, the first English order of knighthood. Based on the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur. The name of the order is supposed to have originated when Edward III picked up a garter that had been lost on the dance floor during a banquet. Edward tied the garter around his own leg telling all present not to pass judgement. The garter may have belonged to the beautiful Joan of Kent. Joan was later to marry Edward's son, the Black Prince. |
||'Le Morte d'Arthur'
| ||The book about the legend of King Arthur called 'Le Morte d'Arthur' was written by Sir Thomas Mallory. |