King of the Celts: Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1994 - History - 312 pages
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In a masterful blend of history, geography, and literature, Jean Markale re-creates the true King Arthur, the real-life Celtic warrior-hero who organized the resistance to the Saxon onslaught in fifth-century England. Markale's unsurpassed knowledge of Celtic history has enabled him to reconstruct for us the actual world in which King Arthur lived--its heros, its values, and its vicissitudes--and to define the position that Arthur occupied within it.

Explains how the Arthurian ideals of knightly virtue and chivalry are at the heart of Western literature and thought

Shows how the Celtic heritage continues to exert a unique formative power on our personal and moral concepts
  

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Contents

Epic and history
1
King Arthur and the Medieval World
17
Arthurian Literature
19
The Political Background
51
The Plantegenets
53
John of Salisbury
59
Glastonbury Abbey
73
Arthurian Chivalry
80
The Theme of Sovereignty
149
The Unfaithful Queen
159
Arthurs Companions
164
Similar Legends
169
Arthur the God
179
The Early Saga of Arthur
184
Waiting for Arthur
219
The Specific Qualities of the Celts
221

King Arthur in the Celtic World
87
Britain in the Dark Ages
89
Roman Britain
91
Celtic Britain
94
The New Kings of Britain
106
King Arthur in history
116
The Arthurian Myth
135
The Political Aspect
137
Roman Society and Celtic Society
222
The Contribution of the Celts
242
Arthurs Legacy
254
Notes
280
Select Bibliography
301
Index
304
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King of The Celts
Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition

Part 1 King Arthur in the Medieval World
1. Arthurian Literature
2. The Political Background
The Plantagenets
John of Salisbury
Glastonbury Abbey
Arthurian Chivalry
Part 2 King Arthur in the Celtic World
3. Britain in the Dark Ages
Roman Britain
Celtic Britain
The New Kings of Britain
4. King Arthur in History
5. The Arthurian Myth
The Political Aspect
The Theme of Sovereignty
The Unfaithful Queen
Arthur's Companions
Similar Legends
Arthur the God
6. The Early Saga of Arthur
Part 3 Waiting for Arthur
7. The Specific Qualities of the Celts
Roman Society and Celtic Society
The Contribution of the Celts
8. Arthur's Legacy
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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