Arthur, the Dragon KingHardback
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- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 240mm
- Publication date: 22 February 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0747275572
- ISBN 13: 9780747275572
- Illustrations note: 8 colour illustrations
This title examines the story of King Arthur, swords in stones, chivalrous knights, and round tables. It then proposes that Arthur was not an ancient Briton as generally accepted, but a member of one of the nomadic tribes of central Asia, such as the Sarmatians, and Alans which were attacking the Roman Empire from the east.
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Reid revelled in Arthurian legend during his boyhood, soaking up the tales and re-enacting them with his playmates. He became a film maker and anthropologist in adult life, specializing in award-winning films about ancient cultures around the world. His memories and fascination with King Arthur remained with him and have resulted in this absorbing book that seeks to establish links between Arthur and nomadic tribes of central Asia such as the Sarmatians and Alans. The point is made that there are similarities in their tales and traditions while, closer to home, there is no equivalent in the Celtic or Roman cultures of Arthurian symbols, emblems and feats such as drawing a sword from a stone. Do we perhaps share a lot in common with those whom we have historically regarded as barbarians? Reid argues his case that we do with considerable conviction and there will be a two-part Channel 4 documentary based on his book at publication time as well as a major newspaper serialization.