Just where was Camelot, anyway? Scholars and romantics have been asking this question for ages.
Well, I ran across an online video that covers some interesting theories about King Arthur’s possible presence in Wales.
In particular, they argue that Camelot was ancient Caerleon, a Roman fortress with an amphitheater.
The Heritage-Key website, which is where I first read about the video, says this about it:
The Legend in the Landscape is filmed on location around Gwent, home to all of the University of Wales, Newport’s campuses where Dr Ray Howell leads the audience on a trail through the landscape exploring …
- iron-age hill forts,
- beautiful views from the top of Skenfrith mountain,
- Roman occupation,
- the warriors Silures fighting back,
- gladiatorial battle in Caerleon’s Roman amphitheatre,
… through to the riverside public house in Caerleon, which once inspired poet Alfred Lord Tennyson to write his Idylls of the King – and shows that there is evidence of two different Arthur’s at Wales – one, an early medieval war lord, the other Arthur of Camelot and the roundtable, so often depicted though the arts.
You can view the video by clicking here.
Right now I am writing my second book, MERLIN’S SHADOW, and I have Merlin and Arthur traveling through the historic Gower Peninsula—not too far from Caerleon.
But my Arthur is very young at this point in my series, and I have not yet decided where his headquarters will be, nor what it will be called.