The Real King Arthur Essay

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The Real King Arthur

In The Once and Future King, the portrayal of the Middle Ages is conceived as that of
magnificent castles, beautiful clothing, great kings and queens- everything and everyone
perfect. No proof of the dirty, unjust, horrible circumstances that all people lived by-
even the nobility- existed throughout the entire novel. The people and places in The Once
and Future King are so backward that the story could be described as a fairy tale.
Camelot, for one, would not have been so gorgeously described, and looked upon
as a majestic land. Towns back then were not pretty. Dirt thrived in cities; there were
diseases and crud everywhere. Camelot was also depicted as being in order, and just to
everyone. Communities during the Middle Ages were not orderly. They were probably
outright chaotic and unjust. As far as the king goes, he probably did not do much to help
the fairness of towns.
Arthur, such a great, benevolent king, would not have existed back then. A great
king no doubt probably came to reign a time or two but someone who was so great, and
did so many things for his kingdom and so influential would not have been formed back
then. Kings during the time of The Once and Future King were mostly insane, or cruel, or
just should never have been remembered. No king ever did so many things that they
would have stood out so much as Arthur would have.
As a queen, Guenevere, from The Once and Future King, did not fit the
stereotypical-Middle-Age queen. She did not want to marry the king because she did not
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