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He charged before three hundred of the finest,
He cut down both centre and wing,
He excelled in the forefront of the noblest host,
He gave gifts of horses from the herd in winter.
He fed black ravens on the rampart of a fortressnote 
Though he was no Arthur.
Among the powerful ones in battle,
In the front rank, a palisade was Gwawrddur.
Y Gododdin (Song for the Gododdin Men), attributed to one Aneirin

At that time, the Saxons grew strong by virtue of their large number and increased in power in Britain. ...Then Arthur fought against them in those days, together with the kings of the Britons, but Arthur himself was their leader in battle. [And though there were many more noble than himself, yet he was twelve times chosen their leader, and was as often conqueror.]note 
Historia Brittonum (History of the Britons), attributed to one Nennius

Year 72: The Battle of Badon, in which Arthur carried the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ for three days and three nights on his shoulders and the Britons were victors.
Year 93: The Strife of Camlann in which Arthur and Medraut fell, and there was devastation in Britain and in Ireland.
Annales Cambriae (Annals of Wales), Anonymous

Arthur [...] drew out his Caliburn, and, calling upon the name of the blessed Virgin, rushed forward with great fury into the thickest of the enemy's ranks; of whom (such was the merit of his prayers) not one escaped alive that felt the fury of his sword; neither did he give over the fury of his assault until he had, with his Caliburn alone, killed four hundred and sixty men.
— Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain)

He makes the little finger of his Arthur more powerful than the loins of Alexander the Great.
— William of Newburgh in his criticism of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

YET some men say in many parts of England that King Arthur is not dead, but had by the will of our Lord Jesu into another place; and men say that he shall come again, and he shall win the holy cross. I will not say it shall be so, but rather I will say: here in this world he changed his life. But many men say that there is written upon his tomb this verse: Here lies Arthur; King once, and King to be.
— Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur

Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus.
— Latin original of the ending phrase.


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