Friday, 2 August 2013

Case solved: 100% proof that King Arthur was real!

This is not a hoax! Let the debate end now; historians and enthusiasts have argued over the historical existence for the famous King Arthur for far too long. Dubious theories built on sand-based sources have risen and fallen, whilst naysayers have shouted loudly as those theories tumbled to the ground. Yet what could prove King Arthur’s existence any better than a PHOTOGRAPH of the great man?

As crazy as it sounds, I found these two photographs for sale on an online auction site and snapped them up as soon as I realised their historical significance. The seller, an ecclesiastical chap from Oxford going by the name of Walter, had these in his family for as far back as he could remember … alongside some old correspondence from Geoffrey of Monmouth, who in the twelfth century tried to buy them on the cheap to put on the cover of his best-selling ebook. Luckily for us, the family didn't sell to Geoffrey, instead keeping them safe until the recent sale. Walter had fallen on hard times and so forth, you know how these things happen.

We can be sure this is a true story, as the auction included the qualifier "100% GENUINE".

Anyway, there are only two photos and they're of dubious quality (taken on an old camera, I guess), but its readily identifiable that they were taken on Arthur’s quest with Culhwch, where they hunted the giant boar Twrch Trwyth (Troynt to his friends).

This can and must remain as idle speculation, but I do wonder if the photographer was the very same bard who composed the tale of Culhwch and Olwen, written as an eye witness on the expedition? There’s no date-stamp on the photos, which is a shame, but we can clearly see that:

1.        Arthur had a rather nice beard and very neat hair.

2.        He was a proud Celtic warrior rather than the last of the Romans (evidenced by his  clothing).

3.        His sword did not have a dragon hilt and nor was it a Late Roman spatha.

4.        Twrch Trwyth really was massive.

5.        Twrch Trwyth may have been the artist’s life model for the Knocknagael boar in Scotland.

Finally I have to question if these are the only two holiday snaps that survive of Arthur? If you have any information regarding other photographs or even video footage. I’d love to hear from you. But don't fob me off with footage from the movies King Arthur, Camelot or Excalibur … I’m not stupid and I know a hoax when I see one.

As is always the way, I acquired these photographs too late to appear in my new book ‘King Arthur’ … despite which, you may purchase it here.