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The Betrayal Of Arthur

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A prophecy of a golden age,
a magic sword and a chosen one...
This is the legend of King Arthur...
or is it?

From the manuscripts of a twelfth-century English cleric to a New York bestseller, tales of King Arthur and his court permeate our world. But where did the stories start and how much is true? Were Guenevere and Lancelot traitors? Was Merlin a wise man or magician? A
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published 1999 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Sabrina
Insightful and fascinating, this books is a really succinct and (somewhat) in depth discussion of the origins of Arthur: both the legend and the historical figure. I highly enjoyed it, the writing is very accessible (and often humorous) and the author's love and research for this topic shows.

There are chapters dedicated to each character and how they are represented and changed over time, there's discussions of the different influential works to the Arthurian legend, as well as how the legend h
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Ernest
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully interesting book that examines history and characters of the Arthurian legend. Written in a very accessible style, Douglass carefully outlines the origins of the legend, especially examining where the various elements came from. The various character analysis are most interesting, concluding that Merlin and Arthur are actually, given what they are commonly understood to be able to do and their role in the legend, rather dismal failures. This fascinating book will interest t ...more
Arthurianmaiden
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
While the headcanons and ideas are fun to read, the author clearly does everything in her power to cite sources or look into more than three or four modern novels. She often uses words like "often" or "always" taking the information from four novels over more than four hundred. Fun but hardly accurate.
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Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a Registered Nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantas ...more
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