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The Medieval Quest for Arthur
In this original look at the world of Arthur, the authors show how the people of medieval England engaged with the Arthurian legend. Individual chapters cover Winchester as the site of Camelot, the crown of Arthur presented by Edward I, and the various items associated with Dover, Glastonbury Abbey, and other sites. Far from being credulous and gullible, it is clear that p ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Tempus
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Nowadays, a book entitled The Invention of King Arthur might imply subterfuge and forgery. Several centuries ago, when "to invent" would simply mean "to chance upon", it would instead imply a re-discovery of what already existed. Nowadays we are rightly wary of Arthurian relics such as Arthur's Tomb at Glastonbury, Arthur's Seal, Gawain's skull, Lancelot's sword and the Winchester Round Table. In Caxton's 15th century, with fewer critical tools at their disposal, people were more inclined to acc ...more