Arthurian legend is the mixture of countless individuals over some 1500 years. The myth may have a basis in fact; it is certainly possible that an historical King Arthur did indeed exist in the sixth century A.D., a war leader defending post-Roman Britain from the invading Saxons.
It is also possible such a figure did not. The question is almost irrelevant, however; whatever the legend's origins, the tale of King Arthur has been used for centuries as a symbol and a vehicle for numerous cultures. Any existing historicity has been obscured through accretion of other mythic material and by authors using the popular and powerful story for their own rhetorical purposes.
Thus, the Arthurian legend is an amalgamation of many different creative impulses. One of the richest and most significant of these influences, constituting much of the original source material for the "modern" Arthurian legend, comes from the half-remembered tales of an enigmatic people called the Celts
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