Arthur's Britain

Overview

We are all familiar with the heroic deeds and enchantments of the legendary tales surrounding King Arthur. But what evidence is there for a real figure beneath the myth and romance?

Arthur's Britain assembles a wealth of information about the history of Arthur by delving into the shadowy period in which he lived. Drawing on evidence from written and archaeological sources, Leslie Alcock, who directed the famous excavation at Cadbury Castle in Somerset, England, sifts history ...

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Overview

We are all familiar with the heroic deeds and enchantments of the legendary tales surrounding King Arthur. But what evidence is there for a real figure beneath the myth and romance?

Arthur's Britain assembles a wealth of information about the history of Arthur by delving into the shadowy period in which he lived. Drawing on evidence from written and archaeological sources, Leslie Alcock, who directed the famous excavation at Cadbury Castle in Somerset, England, sifts history from fiction to take us back to life between the fourth and seventh centuries. He also provides fascinating detail on how the Britons actually lived, worshipped, dressed, and fought to uncover the real world and people behind the Arthurian legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141390697
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Series: Classic History Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 874,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Alcock is an honorary professional research fellow and former professor of archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He is a past president of the Cambrian Archaeology Association and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Text Figures
List of Maps
Preface
Revised preface, 1987
1 The Nature of the Evidence 1
2 Three Key Texts 21
3 The Arthurian Documents 45
4 The Historical Background, A.D. 367-490 89
5 The Historical Background, A.D. 490-634 114
6 The Archaeological Background: The Nature of the Evidence 142
7 The Culture of Roman and Sub-Roman Britain 166
8 The Culture of the Britons, A.D. 450-650 197
9 The Enemies of the Britons 1: Picts and Scots 253
10 The Enemies of the Britons 2: the English 278
11 Economy, Society and Warfare 314
12 Arthur and Britain 351
Bibliography and References 365
Supplementary Bibliography, 1987 387
Index 409
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