The Historic King Arthur: Authenticating the Celtic Hero of Post-Roman Britain

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McFarland, Mar 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 458 pages
Who was King Arthur? How did the story originate? Through careful research of the many primary documents, a picture of the true Arthur can in fact be set down. He reached power shortly after the Romans evacuated Britain at the end of the fifth century and died at the Battle of Camlann. He became king at 15 under the name of Ambrosius Aurelianus and fought against the Saxons on the mainland as Riothamus, thus explaining the regeneration motif so closely tied to the mythical Arthur. This study reveals that the integrity and ideals central to Arthurian myth were very much a part of the real Arthur.
 

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Interesting material, but very confusingly presented. Not convinced about his argument that 3 people whose lives stretched over a period of 98 years are really one person either. Read Leslie Alcock and Geoffrey Ashe before embarking on this book.

Contents

The Ancient Manuscripts
19
Chapter 2
23
The Cardinal and Ordinal Years
66
Chapter 3
75
Hillforts and Roman Roads
124
The Geography of Mount Badon
140
The Geography of Camlann
179
Other Sites Camelot and Tintagel
202
Ambrosius Aurelianus History and Tradition
263
Riothamus The Briton from Across the Ocean
286
Arthur Historical and Literary Data
293
The Phoenix Arises
326
The Arthurian Chronology
365
Glossary
371
Notes
385
Selected Bibliography
413

The Isle of Avalon Arthurs Resting Place
221

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About the author (2007)

Frank D. Reno lectures throughout the United States and in 2002 was invited to Britain to contribute to the BBC documentary Arthur: King of the Britons. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

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