Historians Claim to Have Found King Arthur’s Round Table — And It Seats 1,000 People

Detail of the Round Table inside Winchester's Great Hall showing King Arthur on throne, painted in Tudor times, Winchester, Hampshire, England.

Detail of the Round Table inside Winchester's Great Hall showing King Arthur on throne, painted in Tudor times, Winchester, Hampshire, England.

Martin Evans writes in the Telegraph:

Researchers exploring the legend of Britain’s most famous Knight believe his stronghold of Camelot was built on the site of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre in Chester.

Legend has it that his Knights would gather before battle at a round table where they would receive instructions from their King. But rather than it being a piece of furniture, historians believe it would have been a vast wood and stone structure which would have allowed more than 1,000 of his followers to gather.

Historians believe regional noblemen would have sat in the front row of a circular meeting place, with lower ranked subjects on stone benches grouped around the outside. They claim rather than Camelot being a purpose built castle, it would have been housed in a structure already built and left over by the Romans.

Camelot historian Chris Gidlow said: “The first accounts of the Round Table show that it was nothing like a dining table but was a venue for upwards of 1,000 people at a time.

“We know that one of Arthur’s two main battles was fought at a town referred to as the City of Legions. There were only two places with this title. One was St Albans but the location of the other has remained a mystery.”

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  • Ottobonirobert

    Caerleon, headquarters of the Legio II Augusta and Chester, headquarters of Legio XX Valeria Victirx are the two “city of legions”…. Legio nona Hispana was associated with Eboracum (York) but didn't stay long. St Albans was not, as far as I know, ever a legionary headquarters.

  • Randki

    The Round-table was added by the french, and as far as I remember, wasnt part of the original story. (either was Lancelot or the Holy Grail)

  • jul

    Britain’s most famous knight? Which source has been used by this journalist — “Prince Valiant”? IF king Arthur was a historical person (which can never be properly confirmed), he lived centuries before the idea of knighthood in the medieval sense was even conceived.

    No real historian would nuke his reputation by talking about knights in connection with Arthur.

  • jul

    Britain's most famous knight? Which source has been used by this journalist — “Prince Valiant”? IF king Arthur was a historical person (which can never be properly confirmed), he lived centuries before the idea of knighthood in the medieval sense was even conceived.

    No real historian would nuke his reputation by talking about knights in connection with Arthur.

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