An Ageless Myth
By John Evans
In reflecting on the publication of the following manuscript, it is critically important to note the outstanding editorial corrections made by my friend and colleague, Dejsha Morris who has made the general release of this text possible through her noble efforts. For all those who hold themselves readers of great literature, I highly recommend that you attend to her own writings with care for they are undoubtedly marvelous in all ways conceivable in an author’s work. Also important thanks must be here given to the efforts of my enduring friend, Mathew Lewis through whom much of the following materiel has been released to the public through those digital means which were and yet are so often daunting to me. Finally it is crucial to make mention of my family’s loving encouragement in the production of this work and special note also must be given to those not directly involved as they gave me the spark to undertake such a complex project. I thank you all and hope that my word finds you well.
Around the year 1200, Jerald of Whales wrote that the monks at Glastonbury in England at the behest of the king, found in their hallowed grounds the skeletal remains of both Arthur and Guinevere in a hollowed oak between two ancient stone pyramids. Rumors had abounded, namely in rebellious Whales, that Arthur was not dead and that he would return to save his people from the reign of the Norman kings. Henry II, wishing to further legitimize his throne by quelling the insurrection, is reported to have ordered the excavation of the bones of The Once and Future King, learning of their location from a bard who is reported by varying accounts to be either English or Welsh. When a lead cross was found at the cite where the monks had conducted their digging bearing a Latin inscription bearing the names of Arthur and Guinevere, they dug deeper and then found the skeletons which were reentered by orders of the royal family where they remained until they vanished with the rise of the Anglican Church. While the lead cross did survive for some time before it too disappeared, the only other artifact found with the skeletons which was a lock of golden hair purported to be Guinevere’s was accidentally destroyed when a monk carrying out the excavation reached for it too hastily. All else is merely an ageless myth.