Appendix 4
The city of Richborough shall lie spread out on the shore of its harbour and a
man from Flanders shall re-establish it with his crested ship.
Henry Blois substantiates part of his narrative from the HRB when
Arthur returns from the continent to take his vengeance on Mordred.
All told, they numbered some eight hundred thousand Paynims and
Christians, and in their company and relying on their assistance he came to
meet Arthur on his arrival at Richborough haven.
1
The point of this prediction is that it is employed as a method of
substantiating the arrival of Arthur in the HRB and therefore corroborates
the HRB’s historical accuracy of Arthur returning from his continental
campaign. It is supposedly what Merlin saw as a future event. If his
audience believes the prophecies are credible; for the gullible the story of
Arthur must also be true…. because Merlin predicted the event.
1
HRB XI, i