From the 12th Century onwards, there was a popular belief that King Arthur would return in Britans greatest need. In ‘De Miraculis Sanctae Mariae Laudensis,’ the French cleric Herman mentioned that Arthur still lived, as did William of Malmesbury, in ‘Gesta Regnum Anglorum’ (Chronicles of the Kings of England), after stating that the tomb of King Arthur had not been found, said : “whence ancient ballads fable that he is still to come.” When Philip II of Spain married Mary Tudor, he is believed to have said that he would resign the kingdom if Arthur should return.
Geoffrey of Monmouth (Historia Regnum Britannie – History of the Kings of Britain) reported that Arthur ‘was mortally wounded at Camlann but was then carried to the Isle of Avalon to be cured of his wounds.’ In Vita Merlini, Geoffrey implied that Arthur would return once he was cured of his wounds. Other thoughts suggested by others such as Loomis, suggested that Arthur resided in an underground world awaiting the time to arise once more.
What do you think?
In The Moon Stealer series of books, I took the ideals of chivalry that the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ lived and died by, and placed them into Sir Edgar, the childrens guide. He reported that he was send by Arthur to protect England and in doing so was his representative. Instead of a literal translation that Arthur would return in a physical body, I thought that Arthur’s spirit and belief’s may be a better way to represent his return and make for a more believable story.