King Arthur in Film and Books

By now, you’ve probably seen the previews for the new film: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” From what I’ve seen, it has all the makings of another big-budget Arthurian fantasy film, including demons, magic swords, and of course, shadowy women.  The sets and castles look like nothing found on earth in this century or any other, and the armor appears to be from the high Middle Ages – hundreds of years later than when Arthur would have actually lived.

Don’t you wish you could watch or read something that portrays Arthur as he really would have been? Don’t you wish that there was a book or film that was true-to-life to the man behind the legends? That stripped away all of the fantasy elements and presented the story of a real man in a real time doing real things?

Well, there is. “Arthur, King” is a novel rooted in historical fact and portrays Arthur as a man who had to face incredible odds to protect his kingdom and his people from both Saxon invaders and treacherous nobles who wanted his crown for themselves. “Arthur, King” is my 4th historical novel and covers Arthur’s life from the day of his birth until the day he fell in his final battle. It is an epic story of determination, friendship, love, unity, treachery, and war.  It is a must-read for all fans of King Arthur who are tired of the fantasy versions of the story that have become too commonplace over the past century.

“Arthur, King” is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Walmart, and other fine retailers.

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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