King of the Celts: Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition

Overview

In a masterful blend of history, geography, and literature, Jean Markale re-creates the true King Arthur, the real-life Celtic warrior-hero who organized the resistance to the Saxon onslaught in fifth-century England. Markale's unsurpassed knowledge of Celtic history has enabled him to reconstruct for us the actual world in which King Arthur lived—its heros, its values, and its vicissitudes—and to define the position that Arthur occupied within it. 

• Explains how the Arthurian ideals of knightly virtue and ...

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Overview

In a masterful blend of history, geography, and literature, Jean Markale re-creates the true King Arthur, the real-life Celtic warrior-hero who organized the resistance to the Saxon onslaught in fifth-century England. Markale's unsurpassed knowledge of Celtic history has enabled him to reconstruct for us the actual world in which King Arthur lived—its heros, its values, and its vicissitudes—and to define the position that Arthur occupied within it. 

• Explains how the Arthurian ideals of knightly virtue and chivalry are at the heart of Western literature and thought

• Shows how the Celtic heritage continues to exert a unique formative power on our personal and moral concepts

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Editorial Reviews

<i>NAPRA Trade Journal</i>
"King Arthur fans, take note: your dreamy images of this rapturous medieval period will never be the same after you've read Markale's scholarly and luminous revision."
<p><i>New Age Retailer</i> <p>
"No student or lover of Arthurian bravado and myth should pass up this book. You will immediately be caught up in Markale's telling of the familiar tale, and enchanted by the new twists on the old story."
NAPRA Trade Journal
"King Arthur fans, take note: your dreamy images of this rapturous medieval period will never be the same after you've read Markale's scholarly and luminous revision."
New Age Retailer
"No student or lover of Arthurian bravado and myth should pass up this book. You will immediately be caught up in Markale's telling of the familiar tale, and enchanted by the new twists on the old story."
From the Publisher
"King Arthur fans, take note: your dreamy images of this rapturous medieval period will never be the same after you've read Markale's scholarly and luminous revision."

"No student or lover of Arthurian bravado and myth should pass up this book. You will immediately be caught up in Markale's telling of the familiar tale, and enchanted by the new twists on the old story."

From the Publisher

"No student or lover of Arthurian bravado and myth should pass up this book. You will immediately be caught up in Markale's telling of the familiar tale, and enchanted by the new twists on the old story."
Booknews
A reprint of the 1977 King Arthur, King of Kings, translated from the 1976 French edition. The prolific writer on things Celtic strips from Arthurian legend all he considers dross, and so reveals the original British warrior-hero who resisted the Saxons in the fifth century. Available from Inner Traditions, One Park St., Rochester, VT 05767. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892814527
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 771,995
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian, poet, and television and radio producer, Jean Markale is the author of forty books on pre-Christian societies, including The Celts: Uncovering the Mythic and Historic Origins of Western Culture, Merlin, and Women of the Celts

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Table of Contents

King of The Celts
Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition

Part 1  King Arthur in the Medieval World
1.  Arthurian Literature
2.  The Political Background
The Plantagenets
John of Salisbury
Glastonbury Abbey
Arthurian Chivalry
Part 2  King Arthur in the Celtic World
3.  Britain in the Dark Ages
Roman Britain
Celtic Britain
The New Kings of Britain
4.  King Arthur in History
5.  The Arthurian Myth
The Political Aspect
The Theme of Sovereignty
The Unfaithful Queen
Arthur's Companions
Similar Legends
Arthur the God
6.  The Early Saga of Arthur
Part 3  Waiting for Arthur
7.  The Specific Qualities of the Celts
Roman Society and Celtic Society
The Contribution of the Celts
8.  Arthur's Legacy
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Sadly, disappointing

    This is interesting. Markale supplies evidence for Arthur who was Dux Bellorum during the 6th Century in England, located around Wales and Cornwall. However, the text is opinionated against Romantics who elaborated upon this legend in the 12th. There is a strong voice, and is at times too strong, especially when pulling or comparing other epics. Beware of passages such as this: 'There are all too many scholars who are prepared to set themselves up as the sole correct interpreters...Their cult of Tradition with a capital T, is as fraudulent as the claims of the present day Druids to be practicing a Druidic Religion which has been dead and buried...' And yet, it goes on to discuss Irish Tradition correctly, from tales of Nuada to Lugh. Shocking? Perhaps. When discussing the *truisms* of Arthurian Myth, one must know that these tales were orally passed down...only a few literate men were able to jot footnotes into history. Oral Tradition, Arthurian Tradition, and Irish Tradition, (yes, all with a capital T) are alive and thriving today. People take pride to achieve the Traditions of their ancestors, and this work doesn't win any support by using harsh criticisms.

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