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“The Brut” and King Arthur II – historic texts link ruler to Wales

Centuries-old manuscripts detailing the history of Great Britain tell the story of a warrior king who was crowned ruler of Glamorgan, a region in Southeastern Wales near present-day Cardiff.

Historians hesitate to admit whether King Arthur II actually existed, but most would scoff at the notion that he not only lived, but that he was really from Wales. However, one of the most comprehensive histories of early Britain, written by the scribes of the day and finally curated about a century ago, explain precisely the quests and victories of King Arthur and his roundtable knights.

“The Brut or The Chronicles of England: Part I” was compiled and annotated in 1906 by Friedrich W.D. Brie, Ph.D., for the Early English Text Society. It tells us that King Arthur was a king of Briton. It also tells us that he was a Welsh king – not English like so many scholars of British history believe.


Dr. Brie culled from dozens of source manuscripts to compile the lengthy tome of more than 600 pages embracing the period from the arrival of Albyne, circa 1560 B.C., and Brutus, circa 504 B.C., to about 1480 A.D. Although there is some speculation about the accuracy of “The Brut,” scholars say it was the second-most copied text in 14th century Britain, second only to the Wycliffe Bible.

We know from other texts that Arthur lived in the sixth century. Following his conquest of France, Arthur divided up the land among his supporters then went home to Briton. It was then that the texts say he was “crowned king of Glamorgan.”

“The Brut” does not offer an account of Arthur’s death, only that he handed over his kingdom when he felt that he was no longer able to rule. There is evidence that King Arthur met his demise during a journey to America following a comet’s crossing over Briton and wreaking havoc in South America.

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