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The Birth of Arthur

Uther Pendragon was Arthur's father and king of Britain. He had had a disagreement with the Duke of Tintagel and had invited him and his wife to his castle to form a truce.

While they were there Uther Pendragon fell in love with Igraine, the duke's wife. But she did not return it. She told her husband and they left and prepared their castle for war.

Uther responded and many on both sides died. Uther's love for Igraine just became stronger and stronger until his warriors called Merlin, a powerful wizard, to help.

Merlin said that he could get the king to Igraine but that in return he wanted to be given the child that would result from their union.

Soon after Uther left for the duke's castle, disguised as the duke, the duke himself attacked Uther's men and was killed.

The two armies were reconciled and when Uther proposed marriage Igraine accepted.

The son that resulted was given to Merlin who gave it to Sir Ector to be raised. The boy was named Arthur.

Several years later Uther became ill. Just before he died he named his son Arthur as the next heir.

Category: The Legend of King Arthur | Added by: obiflo (22 October 10)
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