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Greg Stafford, Le Morte D'Arthur, and Arthur as Myth

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15 hours ago, Atgxtg said:

Yes, but in the Arthurian Legend he was the father of Aldornius and Constatin, and thus an ancestor to Arthur, and the one that legitimizes Arthur's right to rule.

Welsh tradition made him the brother-in-law of Adeon or Gadeon ab Eudaf (as can be seen by the Dream of Macsen) who was Arthur's great-great-grandfather (though the Bretons and Geoffrey also made Arthur a descendant of this guy (who probably = Aldreon in Breton), they do so by a different line).

Nonetheless the Middle English tradition claimed that Arthur was rightful Emperor by descent from both Magnus Maximus and Constantine the Great. The Welsh were obviously less concerned about such imperial ambitions, though he is still called 'the Emperor' in Welsh poetry.

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6 minutes ago, jeffjerwin said:

Welsh tradition made him the brother-in-law of Adeon or Gadeon ab Eudaf (as can be seen by the Dream of Macsen) who was Arthur's great-great-grandfather (though the Bretons and Geoffrey also made Arthur a descendant of this guy (who probably = Aldreon in Breton), they do so by a different line).

The HRB made  Eudaf Hen into Octavious the half-brother of Constatin. 

6 minutes ago, jeffjerwin said:

Nonetheless the Middle English tradition claimed that Arthur was rightful Emperor by descent from both Magnus Maximus and Constantine the Great. The Welsh were obviously less concerned about such imperial ambitions, though he is still called 'the Emperor' in Welsh poetry.

Yup. It plays into he Medieval belief in Divine Right, justified his actions in the Roman War, and supports the medeival view that anybody who does anything great must come from the upper crust. It how Robin Hood morped from a yeoman to the Earl of Huntington.

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