In an article for BBC Magazine, Jon Kelly discusses the endurance of King Arthur as a cultural phenomenon and his latest incarnation on British television.
Roman general, Celtic chief or medieval troubador's hero, Arthur has held the imaginations of millions leading to many print and film adaptations, including the most recent BBC series. Historian Michael Wood says, "These myths have the power to get recycled by different cultures because they are great stories. They suggest there was this golden age of lost innocence. They are still living stories that connect with people. He gets appropriated by everybody. It's endlessly repeatable - the hero fighting the dark, evil hordes."