The Discovery of King Arthur / Edition 1

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Did King Arthur of legendary fame really exist? This question has haunted the popular imagination for centuries. The distinguished scholar Geoffrey Ashe offers convincing proof that Arthur not only existed, but was more like the Arthur of legend that historians ever expected.

In this exciting historical detective story, Ashe cuts through the myths and traces the legend of King Arthur to its root in the twelfth-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth and illustrates how much of Geoffrey's fifth-century history was based on fact. After challenging previous assumptions about where Arthur can be found, Ashe identifies the real King Arthur and provides powerful evidence to support his theory. The sweeping grandeur of a tumultuous era in British and European history is vividly recounted as Ashe describes the originals and development of the Arthurian legend, a legend which even in the twentith century still holds us firmly in its spell.

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"Ashe is not the first historian to conclude that a real British ruler lurks behind the fantastic extravagances of Arthurian legend, but he is the first to locate a plausible and historically recorded candidate for the honor. He makes a good case for his man, and his account of tracking the fellow down is as intriguing as a detective story."—The Atlantic

"As Ashe eloquently illustrates . . . the true importance of Arthur (and Camelot) does not reside in a possible fifth-century monarch . . . The power of Arthurus Rex lies in humanity's need to believe in the possibility of such a figure's returning to lead the race into a redemptive golden era. So long as mankind does not vanquish the possibility of that occurrence, the once and future king will always be with us."—Los Angeles Times

"[Ashe] is a very readable historian . . . [Recommended] for YA libraries with bright students who have an interest in King Arthur or this period."—Dorothy Solomon, Voice of Youth Advocates

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750942119
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 643,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Ashe, the author of A Guidebook to Arthurian Britain, Avalonian Quest, and The Quest for Arthur's Britain, is a historian and chairman of Debrett's Arthurian committee.

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