The Arthur portrayed in popular literature and the romances of old is a figure far removed from the warrior remembered in the early writings and traditions of his own people. The original story of Arthur belongs to the Dark Ages, a time of chaos and war, when his people were forced to retreat to the western reaches of their territory. Their oppressors sought to strip them of everythingtheir lands, their lives, even their history. Tales of Arthur’s exploits were reworked to fit a new political agenda and then circulated across medieval Europe, the real origins of the legend obscured. But in his native land the truth survived.
Using half-forgotten sources and clues hidden in the ancient Welsh landscape, historians Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd lead us on an adventure every bit as exciting as the legend itself. Arthur’s family tree is traced, his warriors named, and his battlegrounds pinpointed. Blake and Lloyd reveal that Arthur was not the shining Christian king of popular romancenot even, in fact, a king at allbut a fearsome figure known to his followers as, simply, the "Leader of Battles.” And they shed new light on one of the greatest mysteries of British history: the location of Arthur’s final resting place.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Authors Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd are the founders of the Centre for Arthurian Studies at the North East Wales Institute and advise and promote one of the world’s leading collections of Arthurian material, housed in Flintshire Library HQ.