|The "Annals of Wales," a Latin chronicle that mentions Arthur in two places: one at theBattle of Badon; the other at Camlann where he fell.|
|This text, "On the Ruin of Britain," is the only early work covering the phase of BritishHistory in which Arthur is commonly thought to have existed. He does not, however, referplainly to Arthur.|
|Nennius, a Welsh Monk, complied a "history of the Britons," in which he discusses Arthur's twelve victories over the Saxons. He gives Arthur the title of "leader of battles" (duxbellorum) but does not detail his political ascendancy.|
Alcock, Leslie. Arthur's Britain. London: Penguin, 1971.
|This book claims that Arthur was a real historical person. Based on source analysis, itattempts to show an Arthur who commanded a combined force from several British kingdomsat the Battle of Badon.|
|Examines the historical facts in and behind Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings ofBritain" (entry 22).|
|The author examines "On the Ruin of Britain" in the light of historical evidence(which he admits is mostly lacking for the period in question). He presents a highly readablepicture of Britain in Arthur's time as well as a balanced account of Arthur's possibleexistence in history.|
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