King Arthur - Myth Making and History 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415213059
ISBN-10: 0415213053
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'This thought-provoking volume is worth reading' - Guy Halsall, THES

'Higham's survey is an admirably measured and wide-ranging contribution.' - Ecclesiastical History

About the Author

N.J. Higham is reader in History at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His recent publications include The Death of Anglo-Saxon England (1997), The Convert Kings (1997) and Edward the Elder (2001) for which he is co-editor.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415213053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415213059
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Howells on September 3, 2002
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If you're still seeking the Holy Grail of an "historical Arthur", don't bother with this book. You won't find any theories about a sub-Roman war band leader here. This is a scholarly work about the Arthurian legend that does not seek to "prove" that Arthur, the man, actually existed.
This book is about whence came the IDEA of Arthur. The author does review the extremely limited original sources which mention Arthur and then works to explain what the purpose was behind the idea of Arthur. Who needed him as a symbol? How did they use Arthur for their own dynastic advancement?
The author focuses on the pre-Galfridian (pre-Geoffrey of Monmouth) Latin texts which mention Arthur. He provides historic contextual background to explain where these works were written, why they were written, and who their intended original audience was.
Once the original purpose for the idea of Arthur is established, the book then reviews the rise and fall and rise again of the Arthurian legend from the French troubadours to the Tudor kings on through the Victorians and up to the present day cults of Camelot.
An excellent and fast read for the general public about a scholarly topic that has been much neglected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flint F. Johnson on November 30, 2013
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The mature thoughts of a well-read scholar with a broad look at a massive subject and an eye for details. Elegant prose and useful research in my own academic writings.
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