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Pendragon: The True Story of Arthur

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  42 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In "Pendragon, Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd explore the enigma of Arthur and reveal the kernel of truth that lies at the heart of the colorful legends about The Once and Future King. They trace Arthur's story back to its literary and geographical origins, proving that many locations still bear witness to his life. With the aid of detailed maps and original sources, they cas ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Rider & Co
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Robin Tell-Drake
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister put me on to this book, which is an excellent read for anybody interested in the grand myth of Arthur, particularly in its obscure origins and many versions. It is an argumentative work, laying out a thoroughgoing case for an original Arthur who was neither British nor a king, but an important Welsh general and generally bloody-handed bastard, like everybody else who held any power in those days.

The case seems a strong one, though I must take the authors' word for much of the backgroun
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Philippa
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: arthurian geeks. that's all.
The main argument of this book revolves around the idea that the 'early Welsh sources' of Arthurian legend are likely to be the correct ones, and focuses on trying to situate a sixth-century Arthur within the Welsh context. This is great and, as someone who lives in the Welsh hills, it's not a stretch to say that no place seems more suited to Arthuriana than these desolate and misty mountains. The problem is that for all Blake and Lloyd are passionate about these early Welsh texts, they hardly q ...more
Karen Floyd
I have very mixed feelings about this book. For starters, no one should ever make the claim that a history book is a "definitive" account. There's no such thing. New discoveries and interpretations are always coming to light. On the other hand, the authors' idea that in looking for the origins of King Arthur we should look at the very earliest sources, before the later accretions, is an excellent idea. They do a good job in showing how the later layers of the story developed. But I think they be ...more
Raymond Brown
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pendragon,
Continued the excellent basis for the true history of Arthur in Wales. I read this book after reading the Keys To Avalon. I am now interested in visiting the research center that the authors have established in Wales.

I think Philippa makes a great point regarding source materials. It might make the basis for a third edition. I can see a point of making a convincing argument that might warrant further evaluation of the assertions made by the authors.
Philippa also correctly points out t
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Joe
Good as a list for those doing research or those with compulsive knowledge that want to delve a bit deeper, but lacking in narrative/authorial focus for those of us with a less detailed working knowledge of the Author mythos. If you are doing a thesis paper on the legends of Arthur or history-vs-mythology it would be a wondrous tool, as strong work was done and it shows, but this is definitely for a very narrow audience and not accessible enough for those outside of it. If you're a member of tha ...more
David R.
Well, okay, so Arthur is likely a Welsh warlord circa sixth century CE. The authors mine the Welsh literature for all its worth but get caught up in details best left to an appendix. Probably the greatest value they bring is sorting out a more historically plausible cast of characters (e.g. forget Merlin and Lancelot!) and a more accurate geography for "Camelot". And no, Arthur probably wasn't even a king.
Edain Mccoy
Oct 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pagans and Arthurian Fanatics
The authors have done a huge amount of research not only into the historical origins of King Arthur, but they have broken down the family tree and mythic characters according to regional tradition. A lot of work must have gone into it.
Kim
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Nov 29, 2007
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