Richard Barber

Richard Barber


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in The United Kingdom
January 01, 1941

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Richard William Barber (born 1941) is a prominent British historian who has been writing and publishing in the field of medieval history and literature ever since his student days. He has specialised in the Arthurian legend, beginning with a general survey, Arthur of Albion, in 1961, which is still in print in a revised edition. His other major interest is historical biography; he has published on Henry Plantagenet (1964) and among his other books is the standard biography of Edward the Black Prince, Edward Prince of Wales and Aquitaine. The interplay between history and literature was the theme of The Knight and Chivalry, for which he won the Somerset Ma
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The Arthurian Legends

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Myths & Legends of the Brit...

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Bestiary Bestiary: Being an...

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The Holy Grail: Imagination...

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Edward, Prince of Wales and...

3.66 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1978 — 5 editions
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Henry Plantagenet: A Biogra...

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Edward III and the Triumph ...

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Tournaments: Jousts, Chival...

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Henry II: A Prince Among Pr...

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The Pastons: A Family in th...

3.65 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1981 — 5 editions
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“Heroic poetry tends in its simplest form to be concerned with immediate events and local heroes. A certain length of tradition is required before the epic poem, telling the story of the hero, becomes current. Heroic poetry assumes that the audience knew what the outcome of the battle was, and is concerned with individual feats; the context is of little importance. Epic poems only become attractive as a form when the audience needs to be told who the heroes were.”
Richard Barber, The Figure Of Arthur

“I am the father that killed his son, the fine green branch; there is no hand or shelter to help me.
I am a raven that has no home; I am a boat going from wave to wave; I am a ship that has lost its rudder; I am the apple left on the tree; it is little I thought of falling from it; grief and sorrow will be with me from this time.”
Richard Barber

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