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King Arthur : the making of the legend

Author: N J Higham
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018] ©2018
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According to legend, King Arthur saved Britain from the Saxons and reigned over it gloriously sometime around A.D. 500. Whether or not there was a "real" King Arthur has all too often been neglected by scholars; most period specialists today declare themselves agnostic on this important matter. In this erudite volume, Nick Higham sets out to solve the puzzle, drawing on his original research and expertise to  Read more...
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Higham, N. J.
King Arthur.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
(OCoLC)1059126257
Named Person: Arthur, King.; Arthur, King.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: N J Higham
ISBN: 9780300240863 0300240864
OCLC Number: 1059577297
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations.
Contents: Cover page; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; CONTENTS; PLATES AND MAPS; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; Plates; INTRODUCTION Arthur, History and the Storytellers; Arthur in and out of history; The 'Dalmatian' Arthur and the Sarmatians; The 'Greek' Arthur; The 'British' Arthurs; Approach and organisation; PART I The 'Foreign' Arthurs; 1 LUCIUS ARTORIUS CASTUS A 'Dalmatian' King Arthur?; The inscriptions; The longer inscription; The shorter inscription; A career in time; L. Artorius Castus and King Arthur; The 'Dalmatian connection'; 2 THE 'SARMATIAN CONNECTION' Sarmatia and the SarmatiansThe Iazyges, Marcus Aurelius and Sarmatian cavalry; The Sarmatians in Britain; Sarmatians and the later Empire; King Arthur and the Sarmatians; Culture and language; Sarmatian cavalry and medieval knights; The sword in the stone; Arthur and the Sarmatians; 3 KING ARTHUR AND THE NARTS; The Nart sagas; The story of Batraz; Batraz, Arthur and the sword in the water; Arthur's approach to Avalon; Arthur and the sword in the water; The deaths of Batraz and Arthur: parallels and possible origins; The Holy Grail; The cauldron of Annwn; The Wasamonga King Arthur and the Narts4 KING ARTHUR AND THE GREEKS; The Arktouros tradition; Greek influences in pre- Roman Britain; Roman Britain and Greek culture; The name Arcturus; Excalibur and the Round Table; Arthur and the Greeks: in conclusion; PART II The 'British' Arthur; 5 A DARK AGE KING ARTHUR; The mythological Arthur; Riothamus; Arthur and Gildas's De Excidio Britanniae; Y Gododdín; 'The Lament for Cynddylan' (Marwnad Cynddylan); Princely Arthurs around the Irish Sea; Bede and the Britons; Arthur in the British Dark Ages; 6 ARTHUR AND THE HISTORIA BRITTONUM; A 'history' in context Establishing the textStyle, authorship and purpose; Arthur in chapter 56 of the Historia Brittonum; Historical method in early ninth- century Wales; The northern dimension; The Arthur of the Historia Brittonum; 7 A BRITISH ARTHUR Starting the Tradition; Camelot; The Annales Cambriae; The Mirabilia Britanniae; Arthur in the landscape; What man is the Gate- Keeper?; Geraint, Son of Erbin; Preiddeu Annwn; Culhwch and Olwen; The Welsh Triads; The British saints' lives; Concerning the Miracles of Saint Maria of Laon; 'A certain very old book in the British tongue' The Arthurian tradition: beginnings8 'FIRE', 'SMOKE' AND 'HIGHLAND MIST'; Arthur's rise and fall; Arthur's return; 'Positivist' solutions post-Morris; Arthur and the agnostics; Arthur and British history; Appendix I THE 'ARTORIUS' INSCRIPTIONS; Appendix II ARTHUR'S BATTLES AS DESCRIBED IN THE HISTORIA BRITTONUM AND ANNALES CAMBRIAE; Appendix III THE MIRABILIA: A LIST OF WONDERS AND MIRACLES THAT BECAME ATTACHED TO THE HISTORIA BRITTONUM; ABBREVIATIONS; ENDNOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
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