Each October I lead a walk at Badbury Rings as part of Dorset Archaeology Days. The weather is generally fine, I meet some great people and it’s an opportunity to share the stories of the place.
At the end, we walk up to the top of the rampart, we look out across the hillfort and surrounding landscape and I say.
“Some people believe that the battle of Mount Badon took place here”
“But perhaps you know of Arthur. Not the romantic medieval mythical king but the person he’s based on”
Someone smiles “Yes but was he a real person?”.
“Well, there are different views. He’s the hero from a time when the Roman legions had withdrawn from Britain and left her citizens to fend for themselves ( many of them thought of themselves as Roman. Britain had been part of the Empire for nearly 400 years)”.
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