Revealing King Arthur: Swords, Stones and Digging for Camelot

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An investigation into what archaeology tells us about King Arthur’s Dark-Age Britain

 

What lies behind the legends of King Arthur? Fragments of history, or just wishful thinking? While historians study the ancient manuscripts, modern archaeologists join in the hunt for clues. From Arthur’s "birthplace" at Tintagel to the fabled "Isle of Avalon," this history sifts through the evidence. Journeying across Arthur’s Britain, the author searches for Camelot and ...

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Overview

An investigation into what archaeology tells us about King Arthur’s Dark-Age Britain

 

What lies behind the legends of King Arthur? Fragments of history, or just wishful thinking? While historians study the ancient manuscripts, modern archaeologists join in the hunt for clues. From Arthur’s "birthplace" at Tintagel to the fabled "Isle of Avalon," this history sifts through the evidence. Journeying across Arthur’s Britain, the author searches for Camelot and the sites of his battles. Do the remains confirm or contradict the traditional accounts? Far from providing objective proof, he shows how archaeologists’ interpretation of their discoveries reflects the academic fashions of their times. Sites which in the 1960s were used to prove King Arthur’s existence are now seen as irrelevant to the discussion of a completely mythical character. By comparing the written sources with the archaeology he shows that the traditional image of Arthur leading the Britons against the Saxons around the year 500 AD is actually a very plausible explanation of the evidence.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780752455075
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 786,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Gidlow is a historian and archaeologist who has worked at Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace for the last 15 years. His previous books include The Reign of Arthur: From History to Legend

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Perhaps for those more into the legend of King Arthur . . .

    This is not a book for someone who doesn't have much knowledge of the legend and the claims of various towns in England. I found myself rather lost on many occasions through the first few chapters. It may be that someone with much more knowledge of the Arthur tale and the claims of modern towns would have a much easier time reading this. So, I'm not going to say this book has no value, but just be aware that it's not an easy read and not meant for someone just wanting an introduction to the legend vs. fact.

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