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Historical 'King Arthur', Owain Ddantgwyn




Recent Historical evidence has revealed the flesh and blood warrior behind the legend of King Arthur. All available evidence indicates that a Votadini Celtic warrior by the name of Owain Ddantgwyn (the double D is pronounced 'th') was the historical figure who assumed the title 'Arthur' (a battle name meaning 'the bear', coined from Brythonic Celtic word 'Arth', and the Latin word 'Ursus' - both meaning 'bear' - thereby 'Arthursus' and later being shortened to 'Arthur'). (The term Celtic is indicative of language, not of race.)

Ddantgwyn ruled in the same place and at the same time as research has located King Arthur. Ddantgwyn ruled the kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys in West Briton (now north and central Wales and the central Midlands of England) simultaneously. This made Ddantgwyn the most powerful ruler in Briton at the time of the Battle of Mount Badon in 493 A.D., in which 'Arthur' led the British to their most important victory of the era. This was the site of Arthur's twelfth great victory over the Anglo-Saxons in which 960 Saxon chieftains are said to have died. Arthur's victory at Badon gave the Celts several decades of peace before the Anglo-Saxons pressed on with their conquest.

The fifth-century capital of the kingdom of Powys was Viroconium, the real 'Camelot'. Owain was most likely born around 460 A.D. and became undisputed leader of the British alliance of kings from circa 488 A.D. until his death at the battle of Camlan in 519 A.D. (at the age of 59).

Owain may have been buried just outside the village of Baschurch in Shropshire, at an ancient fortified hillock known as The Berth, and the burial site of the kings of Powys. The real 'Excalibur' may have been cast into the Berth Pool as a sixth-century offering in fulfillment of a vow during the burial of Owain. If this is the case, Excalibur may be preserved and awaiting discovery.



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