The Historic King Arthur

The Historic King Arthur

Authenticating the Celtic Hero of Post-Roman Britain

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Using a collection of primary documents from post-Roman Britain, argues that the legendary hero, King Arthur, was a historical person who became king of Britain as Ambrosius Aurelianus at age fifteen.

Book News
Assembles, analyzes, and interprets an impressive array of primary documents from post-Roman Britain to argue that the legendary hero was a historical person who became king of Britain as Ambrosius Aurelianus at age 15, fought Saxons on the continent as Riothamus, and died at the battle of Camlann. Also integrates the various records to construct chronologies both of events and of accounts. The material and commentary could be very useful to scholars of the period even if they are not convinced by the argument. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

McFarland Publishing
Who was King Arthur? How did the story originate? Through careful research of the many primary documents, a picture of the true Arthur can in fact be set down. He reached power shortly after the Romans evacuated Britain at the end of the fifth century and died at the Battle of Camlann. He became king at 15 under the name of Ambrosius Aurelianus and fought against the Saxons on the mainland as Riothamus, thus explaining the regeneration motif so closely tied to the mythical Arthur. This study reveals that the integrity and ideals central to Arthurian myth were very much a part of the real Arthur.

Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1996
ISBN: 9780786402663
Branch Call Number: 942.014 REN
Characteristics: xii, 446 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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