In Search of Myths and Heroes

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BBC, 2005 - Folklore and history - 272 pages
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Popular historian and presenter Michael Wood goes in search of four of the most famous myths in the world: Shangri-la; Jason and the Golden Fleece; the Queen of Sheba and the Holy Grail This journey takes Wood to some of the most remote regions on Earth including Western Tibet, the mountains of Georgia and the Caucasus, the plains of Southern Iraq to the coasts of Ethiopia, Yemen and the Horn of Africa The legend of Shangri-La has been immortalised in popular myth, but what is the truth behind the legend of a lost civilisation behind the Western Himalayas? The Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and the Ark of the Covenant are found in both the Jewish Bible and the Koran, and the Queen of Sheba is still claimed to be the founder of Ethiopia, but who was she? The legend of the Golden Fleece is the ultimate in epic adventure story, pre-dating Homer's lliad and the Odyssey, but did such a voyage take place? The quest for the Holy Grail and the story of King Arthur have fascinated us for centuries, but why is this such a potent story?

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About the author (2005)

Michael Wood was born in Manchester and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he did post-graduate research in Anglo-Saxon history. A broadcaster and film-maker, he is the author of several highly praised books on English history, including In Search of the Dark Ages, Domesday and recently In Search of England. He has over eight documentary films to his name, including Art of the Western World, Legacy, In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and the highly acclaimed Conquistadors. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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