The Once and Future King

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
33,063
T'Republic of Yorkshire
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There seems to be many legends of "the once and future king" in Europe - a monarch who will return from the dead to lead his people to glory.

As mentioned in another thread, Frederick Barbarossa.

Emperor Constanine XI Palaeologus

And possible the most well known, King Arthur.

Do you know of any more, from anywhere in the world?
 
Feb 2019
456
Serbia
#2
Sebastian of Portugal. He was killed in 1578 at the Battle of Alcacer Quibir. His body was never found although King Phillip II of Spain claimed he did find it and bury it (The body wasn't identified and it most likely wasn't Sebastian.). As such some believed that Sebastian somehow survived the battle and would return to reclaim his throne and liberate Portugal from Habsburg Spain.
 
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Tulius

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May 2016
5,373
Portugal
#3
Sebastian of Portugal. He was killed in 1578 at the Battle of Alcacer Quibir. His body was never found although King Phillip II of Spain claimed he did find it and bury it (The body wasn't identified and it most likely wasn't Sebastian.). As such some believed that Sebastian somehow survived the battle and would return to reclaim his throne and liberate Portugal from Habsburg Spain.
“Sebastianismo” is the Portuguese word that refers to that myth and to that prophecy that the true king would return on a foggy night to save the kingdom. Curiously D. Sebastião was a quite incompetent king, he was just a kid (died with 24 years old). There were some persons that claimed to be D. Sebastião. I recall that one appeared in Italy. Apparently all were con artists.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
33,063
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#4
“Sebastianismo” is the Portuguese word that refers to that myth and to that prophecy that the true king would return on a foggy night to save the kingdom.
They're always supposed to return on a foggy night for some reason. It's never on a bright sunny day when the birds are singing.
 
Mar 2019
875
Kansas
#5
There seems to be many legends of "the once and future king" in Europe - a monarch who will return from the dead to lead his people to glory.

As mentioned in another thread, Frederick Barbarossa.

Emperor Constanine XI Palaeologus

And possible the most well known, King Arthur.

Do you know of any more, from anywhere in the world?
Not so much a King. But Sir Francis Drake left instruction, if England was ever in danger, to bang his drum and he would return.
 

Shtajerc

Ad Honorem
Jul 2014
6,520
Lower Styria, Slovenia
#6
In Slovenia we have Kralj Matjaž, who's kind of based on the Hungarian king Mathias Korvinus. After a battle he went with his army in a hidden cave on Peca mountain, where they're all asleep. Kralj Matjaž sleeps behind a stone table and when his beard grows nine times around the table, he will wake up again and rule our land once more. It will be a time of justice and plenty and he will mint only gold coins.
 
Feb 2019
456
Serbia
#9
Holger Danske, though he is supposedly not dead, but merely sleeping.

Here you have a whole list of lazy sleepers: King in the mountain - Wikipedia
In Serbia we have Prince Marko. He is based on Marko Mrnjacevic but the legend originates before his time. Prince Marko is described as a great warrior with an extremely long lifespan and superhuman strength. He is said to have fought against the Turks and that he will return to liberate Serbia from the Ottomans. According to some versions of the legend once firearms were brought into the Balkans he got a hold of a pistol and challenged a great knight to a duel. In the duel Marko just shot the knight and killed him. He felt dishonored because he killed a greater knight than himself so easily and withdrew himself to cave where he fell into a centuries long sleep. Another version has it that he fought a battle where so many many men died and the battlefield was left so bloody that Marko, out of shock and disgust raised his hands up to the sky and asked God what he should do now. God reached out his hand and transferred Marko to a cave where the latter fell asleep. Before he went to sleep Marko struck his sword in a rock within the cave which was covered in moss. Marko's horse started to eat the moss and once he's done with the meal the sword will fall and Marko will awake. If the legend is to be believed the horse has been eating for roughly 650 years, one most wonder how much moss is there.