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Kings and Queens of Early Britain
A fascinating, readable account of early British history beginning with the legendary founding of Britain -- reputedly by Brutus the Trojan around 1100 B.C. -- and ending with Alfred in A.D. 871, the greatest of the Saxon kings.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Academy Chicago Publishers
(first published 1982)
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An ideal first introduction to the history and legends of early Britain, from prehistory to Alfred the Great. It covers the Arthurian period in greatest detail but also the centuries before and after. Ashe has his own particular theories about Arthur, which you don't have to believe to find his arguments informative. It is quite a short book and covers a lot of ground, so don't expect much analysis. But he writes well, and discusses in parallel the history and the legends with really remarkable ...more
Geoffrey Thomas Leslie Ashe is a British cultural historian, a writer of non-fiction books and novels.More about Geoffrey Ashe...