A myth is history colored by emotion and modified by transmission over time; and as such,
King Arthur and the Holy Grail inhabit one of the most potent of mythical realms, a realm that
serves as a backdrop for our dreams, dusted off from time to time, and overlaid with the political
and emotional struggles of the time.
As time progresses, this site will attempt to blow away the dust of ages, to consider
the different possibilities, to reveal the real and the fictional, and to invoke Arthur to rise
from his bed where he sleeps with his knights awaiting our greatest need.
Jim Donaldson Gordd Cymru
The Last Legion (2007)
The story of the beginning of the Excalibur- Sword in the
Stone legend at the time of the end of Rome
The Wise Man at the Court of King Arthur by John Matthews (Hardcover)
Death On A Pale Horse
BBC One's 2008 Series "Merlin"
Merlin is a new 13 part fantasy drama series for the family on BBC One this September, 2008. The
plot gives us a series of magical adventures, as they follow the
unlikely friendship of a would-be wizard (Merlin) and the future King
(Prince Arthur). The drama brings together a cast of acclaimed British
actors (Richard Wilson as Gaius, Anthony Head
as King Uther Pendragon). Colin Morgan is the young
wizard Merlin, Bradley James is the arrogant but brave
Prince Arthur, rising star Angel Coulby is Guinevere
and newcomer Katie McGrath is Morgana. Multi-award-winning actor John Hurt has just been cast
as the Voice of the Great Dragon. Enigmatic and powerful, he alone knows
Merlin's true destiny. Also cast is Heroes star Santiago Cabrera
as Lancelot and Bionic Woman Michelle Ryan as the
wicked sorceress Nimueh. Guest stars include Eve Myles
(Torchwood, Doctor Who) as Mary Collins (episode one), Will
Mellor (Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps) as Valiant
(episode two) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing) as
Edwin Muirden (episode five).
From BBC: "The eagerly anticipated series begins long
before Arthur becomes King. Arthur's father is Uther Pendragon, the
tyrannical King of Camelot who has outlawed magic in the mythical
city..Gaius is the court physician who takes Merlin under his wing and
helps guide him with his magical powers. It's a rites of passage story
which sees Merlin and Arthur on the cusp of adulthood – both on their
journey to greatness in a time before history began."
Merlin is being filmed in Wales and France for
transmission on BBC One in September. Spectacular CGI effects are being
created by The Mill, the Oscar-winning visual and
special effects team behind Gladiator and Doctor Who.
Supposedly, NBC has picked up the rights for broadcast in the states.
and the Grail (Celtic Studies Publications), John Carey (Paperback - Dec