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The King Arthur Conspiracy

How a Scottish Prince Became a Mythical Hero

By (author) Simon Stirling
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 15th May 2020
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 23mm
Weight: 360g
ISBN-10: 0750994169
ISBN-13: 9780750994163
Barcode No: 9780750994163
Most of what we know - or think we know - about King Arthur came from the pen of one Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1137. His account in a History of the Kings of Britain quickly became the accepted version of events. It was, however, extremely wide of the mark. Geoffrey created a myth and allowed the English to imagine that Arthur was one of their own. A hero named Arthur undoubtedly existed, but his legend was stolen. The scam of Arthur's grave and the subsequent myth that Glastonbury was the Isle of Avalon formed a further part of the early Church's conspiracy to reinvent Arthur as an English paragon. So where is Avalon - the island on which Arthur was buried? And who was the original King Arthur? Simon Andrew Stirling draws on a vast range of sources and new translations of early British and Gaelic literature to identify history's true Arthur, and to pinpoint his precise burial location on Avalon.

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