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Discoveries: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

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Who was King Arthur? Did he ever really live? And where do his legends come from? This book explores the historical King Arthur - perhaps Roman, perhaps Saxon, Breton, or Pictish - and the origins of the literary legends about him that have remained so popular throughout the centuries.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Harry N. Abrams (first published November 18th 1996)
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Richard Martin
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful little (160 pages) book. Anne Berthelot presents one of the most comprehensive works on the Arthurian Legend I have read. Chapters 1-3 cover the history and creation of the Legend. Chapter 4 discusses the societal impact. Chapter 5 introduces its literary flourish. These are followed by a section entitled "Documents" which contains excerpts from poems, narratives, and even the cinema. The book's highlight is its copious illustrations of paintings, tapestries, illuminated manuscr ...more
First published by Gallimard in 1996 as Arthur et la Table ronde: La force d’une legend, this English version by Ruth Sharman is part of Thames and Hudson’s New Horizons series and follows a similar format: a well-illustrated chronological survey of the chosen subject, followed by extracts from select documents, bibliography, credits and index. The author was Professor of Medieval French Literature — and now of French & Medieval Studies — at the University of Connecticut (does that make her ...more
This small book, originally written in French, is packed with beautiful and interesting illustrations concerning the legend of Arthur, while the text is very informative and adresses the possible historical basis for the character of Arthur, the celtic and christian influences of the legend and how it became a literary phenomena.
Besides, the last 30 pages are added documents: excerpts of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Robert de Boron, or more recent authors like T.H White. It was a great idea to add thes
Mike Jensen
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This book summarizes everything under its purview. This includes the evidence for a historical Arthur, round table myths and legends including alternate versions, and the Arthur cult that lingers today. There is a lot of good information here, but I did not find the book engaging.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
a very diverse way of looking at a very well known legend.
Kenneth Geisshirt
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Brief and condensed introduction to the history of the myth King Arthur.
Brad Heap
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great little book giving a solid historical overview of King Arthur. Loads of information about the development of the myths and legends throughout the last thousand years.
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