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Arthur, the Dragon King Hardcover – February 22, 2001
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Reid revelled in Arthurian legend during his boyhood, soaking up the tales and re-enacting them with his playmates. He became a film maker and anthropologist in adult life, specializing in award-winning films about ancient cultures around the world. His memories and fascination with King Arthur remained with him and have resulted in this absorbing book that seeks to establish links between Arthur and nomadic tribes of central Asia such as the Sarmatians and Alans. The point is made that there are similarities in their tales and traditions while, closer to home, there is no equivalent in the Celtic or Roman cultures of Arthurian symbols, emblems and feats such as drawing a sword from a stone. Do we perhaps share a lot in common with those whom we have historically regarded as barbarians? Reid argues his case that we do with considerable conviction and there will be a two-part Channel 4 documentary based on his book at publication time as well as a major newspaper serialization.
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I hope that the author, Howard Reid, is able to complete his follow up book looking at links with the legends in Asia, all the way to Japan. Experimental research and theory in history is always needed and attracts new blood and ideas into the field. As every avid reader of history knows, history is ever changing - new perspectives, evidence, and fallacies are constantly being uncovered. We should learn what is factual in order to question it, and ultimately strive to find the truth.
Enjoy a good read on a possible past!