An Australian newspaper article about the construction of a medieval house has sparked controversy after it claimed it was built by the late King Arthur.
The article, titled “The King’s Hall: A House Built for King Arthur”, was published by the Melbourne Age newspaper on Wednesday.
But it has since been removed from the paper.
It read:”King Arthur’s palace at Ghent, Belgium, was built in 1297 and was completed in 1303.
The King was the first king of Belgium to be buried at a royal mausoleum and is buried at his residence at St James’s Palace, near the royal garden of Ghent.”
The building was completed by Arthur’s son-in-law, Sir Henry de Castries, in 1322 and the house was built with wood, stone and metal, using the same materials that were used for King Henry II’s castle at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom.
“The article continued:”The house was designed by King Henry, the son of King Arthur, who was known as ‘the most clever man in the world’.
“Arthur’s grandson King Edward VII is buried in a royal crypt at the castle, which also features in the novel The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
However, the article’s author, Andrew McEwan, said the article was based on a “misleading and misinformed” story.
“I have since spoken to the author of the article and they did not respond to my calls for clarification, but it was not my intention to mislead anyone, particularly readers of this website,” Mr McEwans said.
“This is a misleading and mis-informed article and is not factual.”
In fact the King Arthur house was not a ‘real’ medieval house.
“The house, which is in the Belgians town of Anderlecht, is one of three buildings built by Arthur to commemorate his 70th birthday.
The other two buildings are the St Mary’s Cathedral in Canterbury and St Stephen’s Chapel at St Peter’s Basilica in London.
The building’s design has been praised by local historians for its medieval architectural details.
The Victorian historian Michael Bannister said it was a “great house” and the most beautiful house in the country.”
It’s a house of immense grandeur,” he said.
The house is believed to have been built between 1365 and 1369 and is currently listed for sale by an unknown bidder.
The Melbourne Age also published a statement saying the building was “built for the King and his family and it is their property”.”
The King was a great man and we can’t say he didn’t know his heritage,” the paper said.