King Arthur: Myth-Making and History
This seminal new study explores how and why historians and writers from the Middle Ages to the present day have constructed different accounts of this well-loved figure.
N. J Higham offers an in-depth examintaion of the first two Arthurian texts: the History of the Britons and the Welsh Annals. He argues that historians have often been more influenced by what the idea of Arthur means in their present context than by such primary sources
King Arthur: Myth-making and History illuminates and discusses some central points of debate:
* What role was Arthur intended to perform in the political and cultural worlds that constructed him?
King Arthur: Myth-making and History is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of the Arthurian legend.
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Review: King Arthur: Myth-Making and HistoryUser Review - Flint Johnson - Goodreads
A matured scholarly look at the development of the myth and legend of Arthur. There is no hope for Arthur's historicity in his chapters, but there are likely alternative explanations for most of the ... Read full review
Review: King Arthur: Myth-Making and HistoryUser Review - Old-Barbarossa - Goodreads
A scholarly look at early Arthurian texts and their context. A dry read at times but very informative. Doesn't really set out to prove or disprove a historical Arthur, but by the end my belief in a ... Read full review