King Arthur : myth-making and history (Book, 2002) []
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King Arthur : myth-making and history

King Arthur : myth-making and history

Author: N J Higham
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
The legend of King Arthur is one of the most persistent and powerful myths in western culture. Yet scholars today cannot agree on his dates, his location, his role, or even whether he really existed. King Arthur: Myth-making and History explores how and why historians and writers from the Middle Ages to the present day have constructed different accounts of this well-loved figure. King Arthur: Myth-making and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Arthurian romances
Named Person: Arthur, King.; Arthur, King.; Artus, Fiktive Gestalt; Arthur, King.; Artus.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: N J Higham
ISBN: 0415213053 9780415213059 9780203994023 0203994027
OCLC Number: 48550961
Description: xi, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: A King out of Time: Arthur in the twentieth century --
Arthur comes of age --
Arthur in the spotlight --
The Genesis of Arthur --
Being 'British': The political and ideological context --
Alternative ideologues and British authority --
Prototype Arthurs --
Bears and gods --
Contested Histories: Anglo-Saxons and Britons c. 730-830 --
Bede and the Britons --
Welsh-Mercian interactions --
Reclaiming the past: Writing British history in the early ninth century --
The Historia Brittonum: Authorship and purpose --
Britons, Trojans and Romans --
Vortigern and the adventus Saxonum --
St Patrick and Arthur --
Arthur and the Old Testament --
Arthur's battles --
The image of Arthur --
The English historical framework --
The Pillar of Eliseg --
Text in Context: The Annales Cambriae c. 954 --
England, Wales and the Vikings --
Heroic poetry --
Y Gododdin --
Asser --
The Armes Prydein --
The Annales Cambriae --
The Rise and Fall of the 'Historical' Arthur --
The Arthurian legend to c. 1100 --
Arthur as cultural icon --
Arthur as royal cult --
Arthur in question --
The fall of King Arthur --
Postscript: The Rhetorical Arthur.
Responsibility: N.J. Higham.
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This highly original study provides an essential insight into why the Arthurian myth has caught the imagination of so many people. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in the origins and  Read more...


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'Nicholas Higham has made a valuable contribution to the case of seeing Arthur as a mythical construct rather than a historical reality.' - History'This thought-provoking volume is worth reading' - Read more...

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