Sunday, October 20, 2013

King Arthur Lived When?

I hate pop-up ads, but every now and then I see one that just begs to be included on this blog. Case in point: This ad that appeared on my Facebook page.

Now, most people don't know that I have been enchanted with the King Arthur stories for many years. This is a lesson to writers: Know who your potential audience is before releasing your work out into the world.

For those who are not familiar with Arthurian legend, here are some points to help you understand why this ad caught my attention.
  • If King Arthur really existed (and most historians are convinced that the Arthur of contemporary fiction is a myth), he would have lived around the 400s (although even that time frame is questionable depending on the source).
  • Traditionally, Arthur and his knights lived in England, not Spain.
  • Contemporary Arthurian stories typically place Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table in medieval times (roughly 1200 - 1600 A.D.), and outfitted with clothing and armor from the medieval era.
  • This shot of Clive Owen as the legendary king comes from the movie King Arthur, which is set in Britain at the time of the Roman occupation. The Romans occupied Britain circa 43 B.C. to 410 A.D. It may seem odd to set Arthur's story in the Roman period, but some historians do believe that the Arthur of myth may have been, or may have been based on, a Roman general by the name of Artorious.
Granted, this movie may well be Spain's "#1 Medieval Drama" - I know it's certainly one of my favorites. And I realize that ad copy, especially in today's fast-paced world, doesn't rank high on the research priority list. But the person(s) who wrote the rest of that copy could still use a history class or six.

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