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Journey to Avalon

Final Discovery of King Arthur

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Blorenge Books, Abergavenny, United Kingdom
Published: 13th Oct 1993
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 1872730035
ISBN-13: 9781872730035
Barcode No: 9781872730035

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Kirkus UK
This Arthurian quest begins with the dismissal of previous attempts to identify the legendary king. The authors argue that confusion about names and their meaning has been central to much misunderstanding about the matter of Arthur, not least the king's own name. This, in the form of Arthwyr, they suggest was actually a title, rather than a personal name. Arthwyr was applied to a variety of leaders and signified military success. As a result, the exploits of several individuals have been attributed to one: the mythical Arthur. Having established this, Barber and Pykitt set out to separate the real Arthur from the mythical Arthwyr. They draw on traditional sources, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, and delve into a wide range of alternative sources to arrive at the controversial conclusion that palces Arthur's kingdom in south-eastern Wales. Lengthy appendices set out his chronology and show that 18th and 19th-century writers arrived at similar conclusions. It is an interesting case, but one which ultimately offers nothing more conclusive than many other attmepts to identify the protean figure of King Arthur. (Kirkus UK)