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Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Alistair Moffat uncovers the mystery and myths surrounding one of british histories most enigmatic figures.
ebook, 308 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Birlinn Publishers (first published 1999)
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Nikki
Interesting to read, and I was quite willing to be convinced here -- I was already aware of the Strathclyde Welsh speakers, as they turn up in an Anglo-Saxon poem I translated. And it'd be much less annoying for Arthur to prove to be Scottish than English, and an argument I've seen elsewhere.

Moffat relies on place names and folk memories, though, which is dubious ground -- look at the proliferation of places that claim to have to do with Robin Hood, or indeed all the places in Wales and Cornwall
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Anne Hamilton
Brilliant. Infuriating.

Early in the book, Moffat sets up a mystery: on a statue in the town of Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, there's an inscription which is said to be connected to the warcry of the men of the town during the Battle of Flodden. Teribus ye teri odin! Moffat suggests it is from Old Welsh and means the land of death, the land of Odin. Towards the end of the book, having made his point about Welsh as the original language of the Borders, he briefly returns to this phrase and poi
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Chris
Thank goodness these "lost" kingdoms are not "holy" kingdoms, as is claimed by conspiracy theorists from southeast Wales! At least we don't have to suffer a rant about secret histories suppressed by the ignorant English and the arrogant establishment familiar from similar "histories", "true" stories and "final" discoveries.

Instead, the major part of this book is given over to a study of the area between the Walls, both Antonine and Hadrianic, before, during and after the Roman occupation of Brit
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Topher
There's a great story here, but it's lost because Moffat can't maintain a tone, sustain a narrative or refrain from wild historigraphical musings. I wish he had just written what he'd done: Look at the land, listen to the people, and judiciously let the story unfold. To use Werner Herzog's phraseology, Moffat has glimpsed the 'ecstatic truth,' but tried to reduce it to the 'accountant's truth,' with disappointing results. It will spur me to find other sources on the Celtic Britons' kingdoms in t ...more
David
Arthur and the last kingdom by Alistair Moffatt
I like this book because of the raw research done , its down to earth reality about the pictish-celts
What really happened and how in the war like society , recorded moment left on trees rocks etc
The ogham-alphabet. In Scottish Gaelic or Irish Gallic , the list of chippers so how true is that when we consider history , philosophy, religion, literature.
Other have said that some if the books in have reviewed the books have been hard to understand
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Alex Bledsoe
Fascinating dissection of place-names and language used to identify the person and history of Arthur. He argues (persuasively to me) that Arthur was not based in the south of England but along the Scottish border. He identifies the real "Camelot," even. Written by an educated layman instead of a specialist, and accessible if at times a bit dry.
Steven Malone
I like everything Arthurian. This is a new theory that the real Authur may have belonged to northwestern Briton. His evidence is convincing. His theory seems pretty sound. Worth a look no matter your view.
Lyle Appleyard
This was a book that I really enjoyed. It deals with history that mainstream historians might ignore. Did Arthur really exist?

The authour looks at the history of England in a period that is difficult to study, the dark ages. There was nothing written down by the Celts. All we can go on is what the Romans tell us and what archeology tells us. The author takes it a step further by studying the place names and connecting them with Celtic origins. I found this to be a interesting approach. The autho
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Samantha
This book was fairly easy to read and told about more than just the legend of King Arthur. I learned many things about the names of places in Scotland and how those place names have changed over time and languages. This book also gave me much information about holiday traditions and their origins. I thought it was a bit more about places than Arthur, but it was very informative and enjoyable. There is so much rich history that comes from Scotland that I didn't even know about. This book shed lig ...more
David
An interesting read but somewhat academically unsound, as he relies on some disputed readings of Y Gododdin and other works which have been debated for years, as well as some dubious translations of placenames. I don't think he proves his case entirely but it does give some food for thought.

The background to the period makes for useful reading and it certainly increased my desire to find out more about the period. From that point of view, it was worthwhile.
Cynthia
I liked this book it wasn't so much about king Arthur as I had expected but interesting non the less . It was more about the history of the Welsh people and the Scots and How they were intermingled along the borders having been driven by invaders to the woodlands . The writer shows prove of this by language similarities and old rites involving horses and burials
David
A great place to start learning about the historical Arthur. Mr. Moffat gives a fascinating picture of Kelso, the Borders, and Arthurian Britain that kickstarted a personal obsession that has lasted me through high school and college. Highly recommended.
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