The King Arthur Conspiracy: How a Scottish Prince Became a Mythical Hero

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A controversial book offering new evidence that Arthuir mac Aedain was the real King Arthur

Arthur led the Britons to the brink of victory but was cut down by treachery and betrayal. Arthurian legends have since been corrupted, leading to popular but false assumptions about the king and the belief that his grave could never be found. Drawing on a vast range of sources and new translations of early British and Gaelic poetry, this book explodes these myths and exposes the shocking...

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The King Arthur Conspiracy: How a Scottish Prince Became a Mythical Hero

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Overview

A controversial book offering new evidence that Arthuir mac Aedain was the real King Arthur

Arthur led the Britons to the brink of victory but was cut down by treachery and betrayal. Arthurian legends have since been corrupted, leading to popular but false assumptions about the king and the belief that his grave could never be found. Drawing on a vast range of sources and new translations of early British and Gaelic poetry, this book explodes these myths and exposes the shocking truth. In this, the first full biography of Arthur, Simon Andrew Stirling provides a range of proof that Artuir mac Aedain was the original King Arthur. He identifies the original Camelot, the site of Arthur's last battle, and his precise burial location. For the first time ever, the role played by the early Church in Arthur's downfall and the fall of North Britain is also revealed. This includes the Church's contribution to fabricated Arthurian history, the unusual circumstances of his burial, and the extraordinary history of the sacred isle on which he was buried.

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"Meticulously researched. . . a fine addition to the canon of books about the once and future king." —The Historical Novels Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752476858
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,367,586
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Andrew Stirling has been a professional writer for 20 years, with credits including science, history, and television drama programs.  He received a Writers' Guild Award in 1995 for his work on the BBC's Between the Lines.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

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    A Fascinating and Intriguing Read.

    With its wealth of historical and mythical information, this book is a truly fascinating read. I loved the lyrical sound of the Celtic and Gaelic names, and the author’s deep knowledge of his subject shone through clearly. I was effortlessly guided back through the ages to a time of warring tribes, warrior kings and early Christian saints; secretive Druidic cults and ancient bards. Simon Stirling wields a masterful pen as he skilfully unpicks the deliberate web of deceit and misdirection surrounding the figures of Arthur, ‘Merlin’ and Taliesin, to reveal the human beings beneath. Despite my interest in the premise behind this book I confess I was reluctant to have the trappings of legend stripped away from my idea of ‘King Arthur’ (probably because I’m an author of fantasy novels!). After reading it, however, I find I can appreciate and admire the man of history while leaving the myth untouched. I now have a longing to visit the places of Arthur’s great battles, to walk beside his grave, and to admire for myself the great cauldron that came to be known as the Holy Grail. I would recommend this fascinating and well written book to anyone with a love of history, a taste for drama, or simply a desire to understand how legends are formed.

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