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Journey to Avalon: The Final Discovery of King Arthur

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The authors sort fact from fiction to provide the most convincing and detailed account of King Arthur that has ever been compiled. This intriguing work of historical detection unlocks the solution to one of the greatest mysteries of the world. Readers will learn the true identity of Arthur, the sixth-century king of the Britons, as well as the locations of his courts and l ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Weiser Books (first published January 1st 1993)
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Many years ago F T Wainwright wrote an illuminating essay (Archaeology and Place-names and History: an essay on problems of co-ordination 1962) about the relationship between the disciplines of history, archaeology and place-name studies; and when I first read Barber and Pykitt's Arthurian theory I found it informative to use some of Wainwright's criteria by which to judge its success.

Journey to Avalon is a handsome book co-authored by David Pykitt (who provided the bulk of the text) and Chris B
A good read, proposing a quite believable theory about the real identity of the legendary King Arthur. One criticism I have is about the style of the book - for a theory based on guesses, uncertain sources and on assumptions rather than 100% facts, the authors are pretty damn sure that the truth lies with them. Yes, they do go into detail on how they came to their realisations, but for every "Thus it is certain that this person was Arthur" there are several "Previous writers/researchers probably ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was ok
This book annoyed me intensely :( It sets out to discover the real historical identity of King Arthur, which is all well and good and very interesting. The authors use historical records, diaries and poems to pinpoint Arthur, his courts and famous battles. However, what annoyed me was the attitude of the book. It was very condescending, arrogant and repititious, constantly asserting that the authors are the only ones to have got it right because...well, just because they are better! To my mind, ...more
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Feb 06, 2012 A.J. Campbell rated it liked it
I gave this Arthurian scenario an extra star for author-imagination. Evidently the only way to write one of these books is through pairing-up-- ie Wilson & Blackett, Littleton & Malcor, Frick & Frack... all of whom got one star less.

Oddly enough, or maybe not, Barber & Pykitts' candidate-- Arthwyr ap Mauric-- carried the Welsh nomen of "The Bear's grandson." That's what "Arthwyr" means. In this case, it might be more productive to elect his grandfather, Tewdrig ap Theithfallt, as
Jun 29, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Very feasible, good sound argument, very likely King Arthur & King Meurig's son Arthur one & the same man but my interest started to wane at the end found it a bit repetitious in places. Skipped some of the Appendixes altogether, just briefly scanned them, repeating main text.
Jan 12, 2014 Amelia rated it it was ok
Too many confusing assertions. Too many "w"s
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