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***The British Royal family has long tried to claim descent from King Arthur, particularly through the Plantagenets, but any possible claim might more likely be through the Tudors because of their Welsh origins.***
While the Tudor family’s connection to King Arthur remains unconfirmed, the Tudors certainly took full advantage of the possibility, beginning with the first royal Tudor, Henry VII.
After King Henry V died in 1422, his widow, Catherine of France, fell in love with the Welsh prince, Owen Tudor, who claimed Arthurian descent. Their son Edmund Tudor would marry Margaret Beaufort, a member of the English royal family (of the Plantagenet line and a descendant of King Edward III). Through this marriage the future King Henry VII was born. Henry VII, as a member of the House of Lancaster, had the Red Rose of Lancaster as his symbol. To strengthen his claim of an Arthurian descent, he had the Red Rose of Lancaster painted in the center of the Round Table at Winchester. King Henry VII also named his eldest son Arthur, but the prince died before he could become King Arthur, and so his brother instead succeeded to the throne as King Henry VIII.
Henry VIII continued the belief in a descent from King Arthur through his Tudor ancestors by having a figure of King Arthur painted on the Round Table, with Henry VIII’s own face painted as that of Arthur (Le Morte D’Arthur) [see comment section]. A family resemblance between the ancient and present king was the purpose, and since no one can say what King Arthur looked like, no one could deny that Henry VIII did not resemble his supposed ancestor of a thousand years before.
Queen Elizabeth I continued the Arthurian tradition in the family. Brinkley declares that “the Arthurian ancestry of Elizabeth was given especial emphasis at the time of her coronation” . When Elizabeth visited Kenilworth in 1575, an Arthurian costume party and masque were held. Upon the queen’s arrival, she was met by a woman dressed as Morgan le Fay, who greeted the queen as Arthur’s heir. During the revels, a set of trumpeters signified that the men of Arthur’s day were superior to modern men. Elizabeth talked with the Lady of the Lake, and her presence allowed her to free the Lady of the Lake from the persecutions of Bruce sans Pitee. A song was also sung of Rience’s demand for Arthur’s beard. It is clear that these events of Kenilworth were based upon Malory’s writings (Merriman 201), and the masque in Chapter 37 of Sir Walter Scott’s Kenilworth borrows and fictionalizes from this historical event.
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King Arthur Pendragon...a.k.a. The Sun King:
Arthur as a solar divinity and the Round Table in the northern sky:
***Arthur has been described as a solar divinity in a book (The Light of Britannia by Owen Morgan __ "Morien") that claims to be based upon ancient Druidic traditions.***
***He is both seen as the god of the Sun when its pathway across the sky rises in the spring and summer. His Round Table has been described as the circle in the sky marked by the rotatation of the constellation of the Plough around the Pole Star. The stars of the Plough were referred to as being 'Arthur's heifers'__that is cows that have never calved: in other words they were virgin cattle [or bulls?]. Arthur has also been viewed as being the sun whose beneficient influence during the spring and summer fosters the flowering and fructification of vegetation. While at the time of the winter solstice he is the old decaying sun which is symbiolically killed and is then rebor.***
Arthur seems to have been associated in the minds of the Druids with the exercise of the sun's greatest force in dispelling darkness and its destructive agents in the physical world during his journey up the ecliptic. In the Welsh language the apparent circle traversed by the constellation Ursa Major around the polar star, is named the Round Table of Arthur in the heavens, and the Druidic name of Ursa Major is "Arthurs Plough," which conveys the notion of a farm or garden in the heavens. The stars are referred to by the Druids, as Arthur's heifers__the Lyre is called Arthur's Harp.
Morgan, O. (Morien), The Light of Britannia, P.23
To this day the Welsh refer to the northern heavens as the Bwrdd Arthur (Arthur's table), described as round.It is referred to also as Arthur's Garden, and the Great Bear is called Arthur's Plough (Arad'r Arthur). It is singular that Arth, the Welsh for bear, the constellation in question is also named Bear, whereas the name in the Druidic language, refers to Arthur, one of the Druidic titles of the sun as a husbandman or gardener.
Morgan, O. (Morien), The Light of Britannia, P.374
To return to theme of the Round Table being in the Northen sky. Fiona Macleod varied from Morien, who has the constellation of the Plough sweeping out the limits of Arthur's Round Table in the sky, in that she made this constellation represent the round Table and its seven knights. She described Arthur as having a vision in which the seven knights of the future Round Table are symbolised by the seven stars of the Plough. She also makes it plain that Arthur chose as his Round Table knights, seven who were 'flawless virgin knights': a clear parallel to the seven heifers (virgin cows) which were the stars of the Plough according to Morien.
Merovingians: The Once, The Present, & Future kings
The Arthurian Saga...or, the Ancient Narrative of a 'Once & Future" Sun-King:
Within the Arthurian context Merlin was Arthur's magician and ally...however, within an historical context, Arthur’s sorcerer Merlin would most certainly have been a Master Druid, in the tradition of the Celts. The Celtic religion that existed in Britain prior to the arrival of Roman Catholicism, also showed evidence of Kabbalistic influence. As early as the first centuries AD, it was believed that the Celts learned the arts of the Babylonian “Magi” through the students of Pythagoras. According to Pliny the Elder, in the first century AD, magic, meaning the cult of the Magi, was so entrenched in Britain that he said it would almost seem as if it was the British who had taught it to the Babylonians, and not the other way around.
The Sun-King Rises
King Arthur's messianic return is an aspect of the legend of King Arthur, the mythical 6th-century British king. Few historical records of Arthur remain, and there are doubts that he ever existed, but he achieved a mythological stature that gave rise to a growing literature about his life and deeds. One recurrent aspect of Arthurian literature was the notion that he would one day return in the role of a messiah to save his people.
A number of locations were suggested for where Arthur would actually return from.
***The earliest-recorded suggestion was Avalon. Geoffrey of Monmouth asserted that Arthur "was mortally wounded" at Camlann but was then carried "to the Isle of Avallon (insulam Auallonis) to be cured of his wounds", with the implication that he would at some point be cured and return therefrom made explicit in Geoffrey's later Vita Merlini.***
*** Another tradition held that Arthur was awaiting his return beneath some mountain or hill [ie. Tor / Mound]***
. First referenced by Gervase of Tilbury in his Otia Imperialia (c.1211), this was maintained in British folklore into the 19th century and Loomis and others have taken it as a tale of Arthur's residence in an underground (as opposed to an overseas) Otherworld. Other less common concepts include the idea that Arthur was absent leading the Wild Hunt, or that he had been turned into a crow or raven....
Merovingians: The Once, The Present, & Future kings
King Arthur & the Royal House of Tudor...or, the narrative of, 'The Once & Future King':
(Pictured: The Death of Arthur by John Carrick (1852))
***Note: The following text has been redacted from an article entitled, 'The Resurrection of a King'...to view article in its entirety, see attached link.***
Child-murderer, wife-poisoner, liar, hypocrite and coward: Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England has a very bad reputation. Shakespeare himself built his most terrifying psychopathic villain on the bones of his story.
On the morning of August 22, 1485, Richard III was cut down by series of blows and finally killed by a slice to his head with a hatchet. Then his dead body was probably stripped, flung across a horse and a dagger thrust into its naked backside it was carried to the city of Leicester. Finally, perhaps after several days of being on display, Richard's corpse was squeezed into a too-short grave at Greyfriars monastery – and its whereabouts forgotten for the next four centuries.
The death of Richard, after just two years on the throne, marked the end of the Wars of the Roses, which had raged between the houses of Lancaster and York, each determined to seize power. The victor at the Battle of Bosworth Field was Henry Tudor, a distant cousin by marriage with a shaky claim to the throne, a bucketload of self-belief and a pushy mother.
Uranus, the planet of revolution, swept across the English Midheaven-Sun-Moon and natal Uranus.
Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII on October 30 that year. His reign brought a lasting peace to England for the first time in 100 years. His son, Henry VIII, would be able to vie with the finest princes in Europe for sheer princeliness (before going off the rails), and his grandaughter would be good Queen Bess, still the most recognisable and personally powerful monarch ever to rule these islands....
Fast forward to the 21st Century...
On August 24, 2012, the lost remains of Richard III were discovered under a carpark in the city of Leicester. The confluence of coincidences and luck that brought the body to light made it seem almost as if the ghost of Richard was guiding the archaeological dig....
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