Arthur, name for one Cornish prince—perhaps a duke of war for Celtic clans that found it easier to war among themselves than unite effectively against Saxon, Angle, Jute, Norse, and Irish invaders— perhaps a king—perhaps a high king of other British kings— perhaps nothing but a legend with no historical basis in fact— still, today, in our imagination, the name remains magic.
These are images of Arthur, Boar of Cornwall, named after the animal the Celts found to fight so fiercely, named by many Bear, in well–intentioned mistake, I believe.
These are images of Arthur from people who never set their physical eyes on him, if he ever was at all. If he never was at all in this physical world, he remains a mighty force in our imaginative world, and has greater power there than ever in any mere, mundane place.
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'The Boy's King Arthur' Illustrations T he Boy's King Arthur was originally published in 1880. My copy is published in 1922 by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, a delightful hardcover edition. This is Mr. Lannier's version, illustrated...