Land of the Gods: How a Scottish Landscape Was Sanctified to Become Arthur's "Camelot"

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Adventures Unlimited Press, Jun 30, 2007 - History - 238 pages
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Land of the Gods is the story of the ancient inhabitants of the Lothians and the Borders, whose accomplishments are visible in Cairnpapple, Traprain Law and other ancient monuments. They accentuated the regions unique volcanic landscape to make it reflect their mythology, which spoke of gods descending from Earth and the local ruler being a representative of the sun god Loth. Throughout history, the land remained special: the Romans did not conquer the Gododdin, as they called the inhabitants. And when the Romans were retreating from Britain and for the first time, neighbouring tribes tried to lay claim to the land, a magnificent warrior appeared, who would fight for the survival of his land. He was remembered as Arthur and his Camelot was the Lothians and Borders region. Unfortunately, after his reign, the region was overrun and his tribe, the Gododdin, fled to Wales, where they would speak of their magical kingdom and the mythical hero... The legend of Arthur was born... but the history of Camelot forgotten.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Traprain Law Lugs tMountain Fortress
43
Cairnpapple Scotlands Stonehenge
63
The Lothians Sacred Landscape
91
The Sacred Navel of the Lothians
113
Dreaming the Landscape
133
The Divine settlers of Scotland
163
From divine heroes to warrior heroes
187
The Land of King Arthur
201
Epilogue
227
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Philip Coppens was born in Belgium and currently lives in Scotland. He writes in English, French and Flemish for European magazines. A student of the Templars and Masons, he is a renowned investigator into ancient history.

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