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The Search for King Arthur

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  104 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The Search for King Arthur invites readers on a journey of exploration that traces the evolution of Arthur from the earliest records of the historic Artorius to this day. Complemented by 170 glorious full-color illustrations, this fascinating narrative recounts the legend and all its incarnations, focusing not only on Arthur but on the people surrounding him.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Facts on File (first published June 1st 1995)
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Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-britain
This was an interesting round-up of the inspiration behind some of the more common Arthur myths. I enjoyed reading it.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Arthurian legends or romances.
This book was entertaining and descriptive, with wonderful illustrations and excerpts from orginal writings, although every once in a while the author seemed to be assuming that the reader would already have a fairly broad knowledge of the Arthurian legends and romanctic tales. The book includes a timeline with significant Arthurian works listed ... but I don't think that the list is all that concise or up to date. It's at least a decade old. It does include poems, fictional books and critical t ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Arthurian legend, Brit/Celt history
Loved it, of course. It read a little like a school research paper, but gave me a lot to think about regarding King Arthur myth vs. reality...which I love to read about almost more than anything!
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, maps
Good overview of Arthurian fact and legend.
Great illustrations, especially those of Alan Lee (of "Lord of the Rings" illustration fame).
That was the most fun I've ever had doing research for a history assignment. Very interesting.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to properly familiarize yourself with some of the most important characters, authors, origins and developments of the Arthurian mythology, this is a great book to start with.
David Day's book sure isn't an exhaustive study, but he manages to properly mix retelling, comparative analysis, mythography, etiology and the constant re-contextualization of the story.
Not lenghty, but nonetheless a book that delivers for someone just beginning to explore the once and future king's lore. It has
Avellina Balestri
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A colorful and sweeping overview of the many incarnations of King Arthur in legend and lore. Using a variety of methods to lend context to the tales, this book shows the religious, historical, and cultural elements that have made and continue to make Arthur relevant to us. I loved the visually evocative illustrations and inclusions of Arthurian poetry from the likes of John Keats.

As a lover of Celtic culture, the material about symbolism and spirituality infused into the stories from both pagan
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arthurian
A comprehensive look at the Arthurian legends as well as the historical events and individuals on which the legends are based. The author's attempts to link legend with actual, factual history were actually very informative, giving me several details that I had previously been unaware of.

The book is an older one, written back in the '90s, so the list of books provided by Day in the back of the book is rather out-of-date. Nonetheless, it still provides a large variety of other sources for the peo
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I would recommend this book to anybody who is truly interested in the historical aspect of folklore. David Day does a great job of presenting how the King Arthur tales were influenced by the history of the British Isles. The photos and paintings that complement almost every page help bring to life the evolution of the King Arthur mythology. To further give you the grand scale of its evolution in terms of history, he presents a An Arthurian Chronology and Selected Bibliography at the end of the b ...more
Stephen McQuiggan
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A search for historical roots of the mythical Arthur, from pagan times to the roman invasion, from the Plantagenet forgers to JFK and beyond. A fascinating look at how chivalric ideals helped shape Western civilization. Plus the illustrations, by artists such as Alan Lee, Cowper, and the majestic Waterhouse are as magical as their subject. Day even gets a dig in at the 'tiresomely perfect' Galahad, and explains how Christianity hijacked Camelot. Fascinating.
Library Lady
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Arthurian fans
Shelves: non-fiction
Hands down the best introductory book to the history and legends of King Arthur. Great for those just getting interested in the subject. I used this as part of my research for my college senior project on King Arthur!
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval
This book was absolutely fascinating. It discusses the facts known about the historical Arthur, as well as tracks the history of the legend itself. However, Day sometimes asserts theory as fact, so while it is a great book for most intents and purposes, I wouldn't use it for an academic paper.
Krisette Spangler
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a great overview of the Arthurian legends. It was so interesting to read about the actual King Arthur and how the legends about him have evolved over the years. The artwork was fantastic! It included pictures from Alan Lee, Burne-Jones, Waterhouse, Rackham, etc.
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's not a deep search, but there are other books for that. Well illustrated, with modern translations of some of the best known tales, some of which I might use for my reluctant readers.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a really clear discription of where some of the elliments of the Arthur legend come from.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Showed different ideas of the history of King Arthur and one that I liked. Once More, Morgana la Fey gets the worst of the deal.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Veyr interesting, although the writer assumes you already have a basic knowledge of the mythology. It is very helpfull if you want to know the difference between myth, ledg end and history.
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David Day (b. 14 October 1947 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian author of over forty books: poetry, natural history, ecology, mythology, fantasy, and children's literature. Internationally he is most notably known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works.

After finishing high school in Victoria, British Columbia, Day worked as a logger for five years on Vancouver Isla
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