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Festival Du Roi (Arthur)
“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.” ~ Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur
There are over 100 legendary King Arthur sites scattered throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany!
The Festival du Roi Arthur is a music festival held in Bréal-sous-Montfort, France over the next two days. Bréal-sous-Montfort is located in Brittany, a celtic center of Arthurian legend.
The majority of the legends surrounding King Arthur are based in Great Britain, but some stories extend through the sea of Cornwall (today's English Channel) to Normandy Bay of Mont St. Michel.
In one of the legends, Hoël, King of Brittany and faithful King Arthur (known as The Bear), learns that Hélène (Lancelot du Lac's real mother) is held hostage by a giant in Mont St. Michel. The night before his arrival at Mont St. Michel, King Arthur has a dream in which a dragon kills a bear, which he interprets as God showing him how he will be defeated by the forces of evil. Arthur arrives too late to save Hélène but thwarts the interpretation of the dream, kills the giant and avenges her.
According to the legends, Arthur is later injured during the battle of Camlann and travels to Avalon to die. Tombélaine, a small tidal island in the bay of Mont St. Michel, is described as the gate to Avalon.
For more Breton legends and folklore, click "The Death of King Arthur" by James Archer (1860).