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    DescriptionKing Arthur is often written off as a medieval fantasy, the dream of those yearning for an age of strong, just rulers and a contented kingdom. Those who accept his existence at all generally discard the stories that surround him. This exciting new investigation argues not only that Arthur did exist, as a Dark Age chieftain, but that many of the romantic tales - of Merlin, Camelot and Excalibur - are rooted in truth. In his quest for the real King Arthur, Rodney Castleden uses up-to-date archaeological and documentary evidence to recreate the history and society of Dark Age Britain and its kings. He revives the possibility that Tintagel was an Arthurian legend, and proposes a radical new theory - that Arthur escaped alive from his final battle. A location is even suggested for perhaps the greatest mystery, the whereabouts of Arthur's grave. King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend offers a more complete picture of Arthur's Britain and his place in it than ever before. The book's bold approach and compelling arguments will be welcomed by all readers with an interest in Arthuriana.


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    Title
    King Arthur
    Subtitle
    The Truth Behind the Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rodney Castleden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415316552
    ISBN 10: 0415316553
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    DC21: 942.014
    B&T Approval Code: A15202020
    DC22: 942.014
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    BIC subject category V2: HDDM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A33500000
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    LC classification: DA152.5.A7
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    LC classification: DA152.5.A7 C37 2003
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, NHD, NHDJ, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D, 1DDU
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3KL
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    23 black & white halftones, 46 black & white line drawings
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Rodney Castleden has been researching landscape processing and prehistory for the last the 30 years. He is the author of The Making of Stonehenge, The Knossos Labyrinth, Minoans and Atlantis Destroyed.
    Review quote
    "Castleden tells an engaging and engaged tale, full of legendary personages, stirring clashes between cultures, and revelations regarding ancient mysteries." - Elizabeth A. Ragan, Salisbury University, Journal of Anthropolical Research
    Table of contents
    1. Who this Arthur Was: The Once and Future King; Doubts about Arthur's Existence 2. The Documents: Constantius' Life of Germanus; Writings on Stones; Genealogies; Nennius' Historical Miscellany; Poetry; The Anglo-saxon Chronicle; Gildas Book of Complaint; Geoffrey of Monmouth 3. The Archaeology: Background Problems; Strongholds of the North; strongholds of Wales and the Borders; Dark Age Dumnonia; Castle Dore and Other Sites 4. Arthur's Britain: St Germanus and Vortigern; Ambrosius Aurelianus; Christian Missionaries; The Saxons 5. Arthur: The Man. the King and the Kingdom: The Man; 'The most powerful leader of the Britons'; Arthur's Power Base; Arthur as a Christian King 6. Camelot: Colchester, Cadbury and Caerlaverock, Tintagel, Viroconium, Killibury, The Hammerer 7. The Death of Arthur: The last battle; Arthur's Disappearance; Avalon; 'The Wonder of the World'