King Arthur: Myth-Making and History

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Routledge, Jul 5, 2005 - History - 320 pages
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This seminal new studyáexplores 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:

* áWhat role was Arthur intended to perform in the political and cultural worlds that constructed him?
* How did the idea of King Arthur evolve?á
*áWhat did the myth of Arthur mean to both authors and their audiences?

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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Contents

List of figures
Arthur in the twentieth century
The Genesis of Arthur
AngloSaxons and Britons c 730830
The Annales Cambriae c 954
The Rise and Fall of the Historical Arthur
The Rhetorical Arthur
Bibliography
Index
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