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Though Goodrich asserts that hers "is the first book to have explored very minutely and in the original languages both the historical and literary material concerning King Arthur," numerous Arthurian scholars have written similarly researched books with similar conclusions. Goodrich assumes ancient authors were accurate, and she has made the following findings: the real Arthur operated "between what is now Scotland and what is now England," rather than in the South; he died near Douglas; and Avalon was St. Patrick's Isle, near Man. Her romantic sensibilities skate over the treacherous evidence and find geographic certainties everywhere. Despite these drawbacks, this is enjoyable reading for the public library patron interested in King Arthur. Don Fry, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Norma Lorre Goodrich, Ph.D., K.C., FSA Scot, has been teaching for forty-five years and is a professor emeritus at the Claremont Colleges. She is the author of King Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Heroines, Priestesses, Ancient Myths, and Medieval Myths. She lives in Claremont, California, with her husband.
When someone puts pen to paper they should be applauded, especially when the author knows clearly that they have such scant knowledge of the subject matter and that they will be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by W Greenhalf
A most entertaining book, something of which I had been wondering about. I am so glad this person elected to do the research. Read morePublished 10 months ago by moonlightflower
As an arthurian researcher, the book was enlightening! Now I know the right locations of my king's realm which I intend to visit.Published 11 months ago by Stela Carmen C. Otero
I purchased the book for a friend. I already owned one. We were discussing what we were reading presently (my second time through the book), and I found out of his interest in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Hasten
While I'm not an Arthurian expert, I can read above the high school level, and I would like to say that I am finding Goodrich's writing quite readable, and literate, and enjoyable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by rkroningam
Norma Lorre Goodrich was not an historian! Unfortunately, she wrote like she was. Her reaches into a realm of which she had no real knowledge are painful to me now as a Ph.D. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Flint F. Johnson
I love the books that Norma Goodrich writes. There is research in her books as well as story. You will enjoy all of them if you are a mid-evil period reader. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Barbra L. Moran
Being a real sucker for obscure theories, things Celtic and Scottish, symbols, medieval writings, etc., I stuck with this. But I hurried through it. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Mary Judith Infante
Goodrich is, apparently, a trained academic, but you would never know it from this piece of nonsense. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by C. Fesser