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Yet the royal family of England has claimed, at least since the time of the Plantagenets, that they are descended from King Arthur. During the reigns of the Saxon kings in England, from the sixth century until 1066, there is no monarch known to have claimed descent from Arthur.
Is there a king named Arthur?
King Arthur is a medieval, mythological figure who was the head of the kingdom Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. It is not known if there was a real Arthur, though it is believed he may have been a Roman-affiliated military leader who successfully staved off a Saxon invasion during the 5th to 6th centuries.
Is Queen Elizabeth related to King Arthur Pendragon?
Supposed direct lineage from King Arthur has been professed by some English Monarchs, especially the ones of Welsh descent. Among them were the 15th-century King Henry VII (through Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon), who even named his first-born son after Arthur, and the 16th-century Queen Elizabeth I.
Why do royal families change their name?
Before 1917, members of the British Royal Family had no surname, but only the name of the house or dynasty to which they belonged. The family name was changed as a result of anti-German feeling during the First World War, and the name Windsor was adopted after the Castle of the same name.
What was the name of King Arthur’s wife?
Guinevere, wife of Arthur, legendary king of Britain, best known in Arthurian romance through the love that his knight Sir Lancelot bore for her.
Is the British royal family German?
The House of Windsor is the reigning royal house of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. In 1917, the name of the royal house was changed from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor because of anti-German sentiment in the United Kingdom during World War I.