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King Arthur, World History,

 and The Church

 Mysteries of Earth Unfolded

 

 Prose and poetry by

 Elayne Pair Gibbons

  

With love and thanks to my beloved husband, George,
 and our eight precious sons,
 without whose patience this work would not have been possible.

 

© 2009, 2011 by Elayne Pair Gibbons. 

All rights reserved.  No part of this publication may be copied without prior written permission from the publisher.

 

ISBN  978-1442161450

 

Preface

             It began in my childhood, with an interest in King Arthur, David and Goliath, and the Trojan Horse.  By the time I was in college, I was very interested in history.  I began with family history, tracing my family tree for generations and recording the terrific stories.  Lots of kids and lots of moves, meant not much time for my personal interests, but I studied when I could.  A trip to the library with the kids often meant I could check out another historical book.  My interest began to zero in on King Arthur.  The years passed quickly.  Then one Sunday, during a quiet moment in church, the Spirit spoke three words in my mind, “Write the book.”  I knew instantly what the book was supposed to be about.  I had never even considered writing a book, and certainly not about ancient history.  I had a husband, 6 of my 8 children still at home, my genealogy research, a huge website to keep up, volunteer work, and a job!  My reaction was quick and impulsive, “No, no, no, no!  I don’t have time to do that.  I don’t know how to do that.  I don’t want to do that.  I’m not going to do that.”  The Spirit persisted, and after a week I submitted, with full faith and dependence on Nephi’s declaration that, “the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7).  The blessings began immediately, especially the one I needed most, enthusiasm for my family and myself.  I am the most humble of authors, a homemaker from Texas, but I do know history and human nature.  I don’t believe that anyone, or any community, or any nation has ever lived in isolation.  They are all inter-connected.

            The legends of King Arthur have fascinated mankind for centuries.  The earliest surviving references to him date from the eighth century.  Whether they quoted earlier written records or oral traditions, the results are much the same - tiny errors creep in with every copy, every misspelling, every translation, every exaggeration, until many scholars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries gave up in frustration.  “Not true,” they said. “No such person”.  “The stories are too fantastic to be believable!”

            Then a new breed of scholars came along, those who loved the stories and could not, would not, believe that so much firestorm did not have solid embers burning at its heart.  These men and women spent years researching for every little shred of evidence that Arthur existed, that he was a king, that his political situation was as described in legend, and that specific legends were based on fact.  I present here that if these modern scholars lack anything, it is a solid foundation of religion on which to connect the puzzle pieces.  My goal is to bring together many of these ideas which have been worked out by numerous scholars and show how they fit together with scriptures, histories, genealogies, and archaeology, and to set them forth in an understandable way.

            Some parts of the King Arthur stories are essential, and must be based on truth if the legends are to be accepted as history.  Was there really a Druid counselor named Merlin, a sword in a stone, a Holy Grail, and a Lady of the Lake?  Yes!  King Arthur’s legends are indeed based on facts, as are most of our legends and myths.  This is the story of how it all fits together in our history....

 

Table of Contents

  

Photos     

Map                                                              

Section One - Ancient History                                      

Chapter   1 ... King Arthur’s People                

Arthur’s Pedigree, Israelites in Britain

 

Chapter   2 ... In The Beginning

From the Garden of Eden, The Nations of the Earth, The City of Melchizedek, The First Israelites, Joseph and Asenath, The Israelites in Egypt, Moses

 

Chapter   3 ... The Hyksos                             

Manetho, Egyptian History, Are the Israelites the Hyksos, New Information

 

Chapter   4 ... The Israelites        

The Religion of Israel, The Tabernacle, Levites, Two Priesthoods, Fiery Serpents, The Promised Land, Jordan River, Tribe of Benjamin, Women in Ancient Israel, Education in the Ancient World, Augury, Three Kings of Israel, David and Goliath, The Temple, Divided and Conquered, Elijah, Lost Tribes, Destruction of Jerusalem, Rule of the Maccabees, Arthur’s World

 

Section Two - Lost Tribes                            

Chapter   5 ... The City of Troy    

Israelite Colonies in the Aegean, The Lebor Gabala Erenn, Other Written Records, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Labyrinth and Maze, The Trojan Horse, Phoenicia, Zeus

 

Chapter   6 ... Lehites    

Lehi and Nephi, Egyptian Writing, People of Zarahemla, King Benjamin, People of Limhi, Alma the Younger, Ammon, Captain Moroni, Stripling Warriors, Samuel the Lamanite, Darkness, Mormon, Moroni, The Jaredites, Art

 

Chapter   7 ... The Ten Lost Tribes  

                    The Scattering, Ancient Historians Speak, Recognizing Individual Tribes, Isles of the Sea, Jesus Speaks of Other Sheep, The Gathering of Israel

 

Chapter   8 ... Celts & Druids   

Celtic Sound Shift, Irish History, The Early Records, Celtic History, Julius Caesar, Roads, Celtic Art, Storage Pits, Megaliths, Foster Children, Celtic Women, The Druids, Medicine, Law, Celtic Religion, Apostasy, Education and Literature

 

Section Three - Early Christianity             

Chapter   9 ... The Coming of Christ  

Herod Family; John the Baptist; Mary and Joseph; Birth of Jesus Christ; Star of Bethlehem; Childhood of Jesus; Peter, James, and John; Teachings of Christ; Last Supper; Atonement and Crucifixion; Resurrection

 

Chapter 10 ... Joseph of Arimathea  

The Royal Family, Glastonbury, Faithful Disciples, Arviragus, Caradoc, Trial of Caradoc, Claudia, Fire, Persecutions, Holy Grail, Fate of the Disciples

 

Chapter 11 ... The Lady of the Lake  

The Real Lady, Identity Revealed, Mary At Glastonbury, Historians Speak, John or Joseph, Legacy of Mary

 

Chapter 12 ... Constantine the Great

Leadership, Diocletian, Constantius, Helena of the Cross, Church Councils, Pelagian Heresy

 

Section Four - Arthur's World                    

Chapter 13 ... The Sword in the Stone

Sword of Laban, Sword of Goliath

 

Chapter 14 ... Saint Patrick    

Grail Castle, Celtic Books, Serpents, Glastonbury, Maximian

 

Chapter 15 ... Merlin, Pagan or Prophet   

Geoffrey’s History, Uther Pendragon, Dubricius, Merlin the Christian, Merlin’s Prophecies, Merlin the Teacher, The Treasures of Britain

 

Chapter 16 ... King Arthur 

Arthur’s Youth, Saxon Battles, The Round Table, Queen Guinevere, Lancelot, Cult of the Virgin Mary, The Grail Quest, The Collapse of Arthur’s World

 

Section Five - The Foundation of Modern History     

Chapter 17 ... Apostasy and the Dark Ages

The Great Apostasy, The Anglo-Saxons, Augustine’s Mission, Islam, Venice, Holy Roman Empire, The Vikings, Slavery, The Normans

 

Chapter 18 ... The Crusades 

First Crusade, Second Crusade, Third Crusade, Fourth Crusade, Genealogy, The Cathars, Black Death, Jews, Knights Templar, Children’s Crusade, The End of Crusades

 

Chapter 19 ... The Reformation   

Inquisition, The Conquistadors, Spanish Chronicles, Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, Joan of Arc, Finances, Relics, Indulgences, Vulgate Bible, Printing Press, John Wycliffe, Ulrich Zwingli, Anabaptists, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Henry VIII, Protestant Women, Council of Trent, Importance of the Reformation

 

Chapter 20 ... The Restoration   

A Prophet is Called, The Book of Mormon, Priesthood Authority, Keys of the Kingdom, Articles of Faith, Women in the Church, Recognizing Truth

 

Photos

Tintagel Island                                                             Front Cover
Looking north up the Dardanelles                               
 
The Lion Gate                                                             
The hilltop city of Mycenae                                       
Walls and ruins of the City of Troy                                     
A ramp in the City of Troy                                  
Treasury of Atreus & Barclodian-Y-Gawres             
King Minos' palace at Knossos                                 
Five long rooms for food storage                               
Remaining pillars of the temple of Zeus                     
Opposing snakes                                                         
Winged serpent                                                              
Danebury Hill Fort                                                      
Defensive ridges of Danebury Hill Fort                      
Avebury & Stonehenge                                             
Pentre Ifan & Bryn Celli Ddu                                           
Inside Bryn Celli Ddu                                           
Ty Mawr hut                                                              
Maiden Castle                                                           
Glastonbury Abby                                                   
Peel Castle                                                                           
Church at Peel Castle                                           
Ruined cemetery at Hierapolis                                  
Hadrian's Wall                                                          
The ancient walls of York                                          
Streets of Ephesus                                                        
The library in Ephesus                                           
St. David's Church                                      
Monument to 20,000 Saints on Bardsey Island              
A small cave on Bardsey Island                                 
St. Ninian's Cave                                                      
Cadbury Castle                                                  
A steep path up to Tintagel Castle                             
Dozmary Pool                                                         
Site of King Arthur's tomb                                     
Site of St. Ninian's Church                                    
Battle Abbey                                                            
Hastings Castle                                                       
St. Nectan's Glen                                                         Back Cover

 

Map

 

Faith, a poem

Bibliography

King Arthur poem in full

 

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