King Arthur
King Arthur
Arthurian Legends Character
First Appearance: Oral tradition; Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth
Nationality: Briton
Religion: Christianity
Cause of Death: Stabbed to death in battle
Occupation: King of the Britons
Parents: Uther Pendragon and Ygraine
Spouse: Guinevere
Children: Mordred
Relatives: Morgan le Fay (sister)
Turtledove Appearances:
"A Massachusetts Yankee in King Arthur's Court"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct
"Les Mortes d'Arthur"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: References
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Upsetting the Balance
Type of Appearance: "Posthumous" reference

King Arthur is the subject of a large body of British legend dating as far back as the sixth century. Anecdotes which could accurately place Arthur in a specific historical context are vague and often contradictory, but most of the Arthurian legends are set around the time the Roman Empire left Britain and the Saxons invaded. The stories involve Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table venturing forth from Castle Camelot in the quest for the Holy Grail, a sacred talisman with healing powers. Arthur may or may not have been based on a historical figure.

King Arthur in "A Massachusetts Yankee in King Arthur's Court"Edit

King Arthur was away on a campaign against the Anglo-Saxons when his kingdom was visited by a time-displaced John F. Kennedy. While Kennedy was desperate to get back home, he still laid Arthur's queen, Guinevere. Arthur returned just after they'd completed their tryst, but Kennedy was sent back to his own time before Arthur caught them.

King Arthur in "Les Mortes d'Arthur"Edit

The Arthurian legends were relied upon heavily in the naming of the geological features of Saturn's moon Mimas.

King Arthur in WorldwarEdit

On being told by Benjamin Berkowitz that the Race had fully expected to confront 12th-century technology in their 20th-century invasion of Earth, Sam Yeager was amused to think of the Race expecting to fight King Arthur and Richard the Lion-Hearted, despite the fact that the Arthurian legends are not set in the 12th century.[1]


  1. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 170, PB.