The Once and Future King is set about 1200 in England, which Arthur calls Gramarye. Most historians think the actual Arthur-if there was one-lived much earlier, probably during the fifth century. Even though White presents a great many details about life in medieval England, he intentionally mentions modern things that could not possibly have existed at the time of the story, such as cannons and top hats. He uses anachronism partially for humorous effect, but also to demonstrate that the human problems of that time were similar to the problems of the 20th century.

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