Richard Barber





Richard Barber

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January 01, 1941

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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on Henry Plantagenet (1964) and among his other books is the standard biography of Edward the Black Prince, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine. The interplay between history and literature was the theme of The Knight and Chivalry, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1971 and he returned to this in The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief (...more


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The Arthurian Legends
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Myths & Legends of the Brit...
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The Holy Grail: Imagination...
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Edward, Prince of Wales and...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1978 — 5 editions
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Henry Plantagenet: A Biogra...
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The Pastons: A Family in th...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1989 — 3 editions
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King Arthur: Hero and Legend
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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Legends of Arthur
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“Heroic poetry tends in its simplest form to be concerned with immediate events and local heroes. A certain length of tradition is required before the epic poem, telling the story of the hero, becomes current. Heroic poetry assumes that the audience knew what the outcome of the battle was, and is concerned with individual feats; the context is of little importance. Epic poems only become attractive as a form when the audience needs to be told who the heroes were.”
Richard Barber, The Figure Of Arthur

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