The Discovery of King Arthur

The Discovery of King Arthur

by Geoffrey Ashe, Debretts Peerage Limited
     
 

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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

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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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"A 'must-have' for anyone interested in the history and mythology of the British Isles."  —Medieval History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805001150
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author


Geoffrey Ashe is widely regarded as one of the leading Arthurian specialists and is author of A Guide to Arthurian Britain, Avalonian Quest, The Quest for Arthur's Britain, and Camelot and the Vision of Albion. In 2000, Sutton republished The Hell Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality. A former secretary of the Camelot Research Committee. He now lives in Glastonbury.

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