HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY
ing Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have inspired books, plays,
operas, art and films, from Medieval times. The British Library lists several
thousand books about King Arthur and The Holy Grail, published over the
past two centuries and an average of five books are added to its shelves
every year. A search in The World Wide Web for King Arthur and The Knights
of The Round Table will generate several million results.
he Society had its origins in The Fountain Coffee House in 1720, on the
site of the old Savoy Palace, which is now the location of Simpsons in
the Strand, where actors, artists and authors and their patrons came together
to debate the state of the Nation and Arthurian Ideals. By building its
membership from a wide range of professions and from people with varied
religious beliefs and cultural interests, the members now meet to enjoy
talking of their many fields of interest and to develop the theme of quests
of a chivalrous, hospitable or challenging nature.
t is known that David Garrick, whose snuff box, designed and made by William
Hogarth and passed at dinner to this day, was a member from 1761 to 1776.
Later Charles Dickens and other well known literary men of their day became
here are more than 120 sites in England, Scotland and Wales with legendary
Arthurian connections and over 20 more in Brittany and other regions of
France. Historical connections relate to Roman, German and Asian origins
of a leader of horsemen and fearsome warriors, who defended the British
Isles from continental invaders. In 1997, The Society produced a CD Rom
entitled: “Arthur. Legends of Saxon Conquest and Medieval Chivalry” which
went to over 1,000 schools, relating them to their nearest legendary link
to Arthur, King of Britain.
he Society has forged links with other Countries by including Ambassadors
and High Commissioners at its events. It holds dinners annually at, or
in association with, the great centres of Law, at The Middle and Inner
Temple. It has regularly dined at The House of Lords, and at London Clubs
related to the Military, Naval and Air Force Services. It has made Pilgrimages
to locations of Arthurian context, such as Winchester, Tintagel, Glastonbury
and Pilgrimages abroad to Rome, Norway, Russia, Ireland, France and other
Countries of Arthurian interest.
t all its meetings in London it invites distinguished leaders of the Arts,
The Services, The Law, and other professions, who may tell of their experience
or speak on a subject dear to them, confident that they are speaking to
an open minded audience.
he Society welcomes new members. It endeavours to select candidates from
among the professions that will contribute to its aims and choose individuals
who will take an active role in The Society and in mentoring and supporting
young people who are in need of financial, moral and professional help
and guidance, as they emerge from their higher education and professional