9780750942119

The Discovery of King Arthur

by Unknown
  • ISBN13:

    9780750942119

  • ISBN10:

    0750942118

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-08-01
  • Publisher: The History Press

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Summary

Attempts to find the person (if any) behind the legend of King Arthur have been going on for a long time. The search has revealed many interesting facts and it has also led to sharp disagreements. By the 1980s, the search was more or less abandoned, having reached a dead-end. The Discovery of King Arthur presents an investigation that broke the deadlock. Arthur emerged from it with a firmer status in history. He was also more interesting - more like his legend - than once appeared likely. It became possible to see better why he became the kind of figure he did. The delay in running him to earth was due to the nature of the problem he posed. Medieval authors who gave him his literary grandeur fitted him into what they claimed was Britain's history several centuries later. Not much of that history can stand up in the light of present day knowledge - it is mostly legend. So historians who looked for Arthur swept the medieval matter aside and searched for him in the scanty older records. But the search was inconclusive. A convincing answer called for a different approach. This books shows that the Arthurian legend itself needs to be taken seriously and sifted for clues. The right questions to ask are not the direct ones, 'Who was Arthur?' or 'Did he exist?', but 'Where did his legend come from?' and 'What facts is the legend rooted in?'. If we line up the legend side by side with the facts as we know them today, the problem of Arthur's identity can be solved.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
PART ONE: A LEGEND AND ITS ROOTS
The Kingmaker
3(17)
The Unextinguished Light
20(23)
Arthur's Context
43(24)
PART TWO: ARTHUR
The Old Welsh Trail
67(26)
New Discoveries
93(29)
The Wellsprings of Romance
122(19)
PART THREE: THE UNFOLDING MYTH
Saints, Bards, Heroes
141(38)
Majesty
179(22)
The Modern Quest
201(10)
Appendix 211(6)
Notes 217(11)
Bibliography 228(6)
Index 234

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