King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend
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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WHO THIS ARTHUR WAS
The once and future king
Doubts about Arthurs existence
Writings on stones
Nennius Historical Miscellany
ARTHUR The man the king and the kingdom
The most powerful leader of the Britons
Arthurs power base
Arthur as a Christian king
Colchester Cadbury and Caerlaverock
The AngloSaxon Chronicle
Gildass Book of Complaint
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Strongholds of the North
Strongholds of Wales and the Welsh Borders
Dark age Dumnonia
Castle Dore and other sites
St Germanus and Vortigern
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Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture
No preview available - 2005