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King Arthur: Myth-Making and History

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This study provides an essential insight into why the Arthurian myth has caught the imagination of so many people. Essential reading for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of the Arthurian legend.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2002)
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A scholarly look at early Arthurian texts and their context. A dry read at times but very informative.
Doesn't really set out to prove or disprove a historical Arthur, but by the end my belief in a Dark Ages warlord was pretty much in tatters.
As I said, it's all texts and context, no (or very little) ref to archeology. Plenty about style, motivation of author, earliest manuscripts, current (mainly) Welsh or Mercian politics.
Not a place to start if you have little knowledge of early Arthurian text
Flint Johnson
A matured scholarly look at the development of the myth and legend of Arthur. There is no hope for Arthur's historicity in his chapters, but there are likely alternative explanations for most of the evidence both for and against his existence. The writer's style is smooth, the research is thorough, and he avoids drawing conclusions. Instead, he points out the flaws of both viewpoints and leaves it up to the next scholar or history buff to draw his own conclusions, to take new approaches, to view ...more
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The mature thoughts of a well-read scholar with a broad look at a massive subject and an eye for details. Elegant prose and useful research in my own academic writings.
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