King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 265 pages
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King Arthur is often written off as a medieval fantasy, the dream of those yearning for an age of strong, just rulers and a contented kingdom. Those who accept his existence at all generally discard the stories that surround him. This exciting new investigation argues not only that Arthur did exist, as a Dark Age chieftain, but that many of the romantic tales - of Merlin, Camelot and Excalibur - are rooted in truth.
In his quest for the real King Arthur, Rodney Castleden uses up-to-date archaeological and documentary evidence to recreate the history and society of Dark Age Britain and its kings. He revives the possibility that Tintagel was an Arthurian legend, and proposes a radical new theory - that Arthur escaped alive from his final battle. A location is even suggested for perhaps the greatest mystery, the whereabouts of Arthur's grave.
King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend offers a more complete picture of Arthur's Britain and his place in it than ever before. The book's bold approach and compelling arguments will be welcomed by all readers with an interest in Arthuriana.
 

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Contents

WHO THIS ARTHUR WAS
The once and future king
Doubts about Arthurs existence
THE DOCUMENTS
12
Writings on stones
14
Genealogies
17
Nennius Historical Miscellany
21
Poetry
25
ARTHUR The man the king and the kingdom
111
The most powerful leader of the Britons
121
Arthurs power base
126
Arthur as a Christian king
145
CAMELOT
152
Colchester Cadbury and Caerlaverock
153
Tintagel
155
Viroconium
171

The AngloSaxon Chronicle
28
Gildass Book of Complaint
29
Geoffrey of Monmouth
35
THE ARCHAEOLOGY
41
Strongholds of the North
45
Strongholds of Wales and the Welsh Borders
47
Dark age Dumnonia
53
Castle Dore and other sites
73
ARTHURS BRITAIN
78
St Germanus and Vortigern
82
Ambrosius Aurelianus
85
Christian missionaries
88
The Saxons
91
THE DEATH OF ARTHUR
182
The last battle
183
Arthurs disappearance
193
Avalon
195
The wonder of the world
207
THE KINGS OF POWYS
226
THE KINGS OF DEMETIA
227
THE ARTHNOU STONE FROM TINTAGEL
229
NOTES
231
BIBLIOGRAPHY
248
INDEX
258
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About the author (2000)

Rodney Castleden has been researching landscape processing and prehistory for the last the 30 years. He is the author of The Making of Stonehenge, The Knossos Labyrinth, Minoans and Atlantis Destroyed.

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