Exploring the World of King Arthur

Exploring the World of King Arthur

  1. Christopher Snyder
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  • ISBN 9780500289044
  • 24.40 x 18.80 cm
  • Paperback
  • 192pp
  • 262 Illustrations, 64 in colour
  • First published 2011

A richly ilustrated and informative survey exploring the world of Arthur and the impact of the Arthurian legends on history and the arts

Contents include
• The historical background of Arthur’s Britain, including the contributions of the Celts and the Romans
• The important archaeological discoveries at Glastonbury, Tintagel, Cadbury, Wroxeter and Hadrian’s Wall
• The culture of Arthur’s Britons and their battle for supremacy against the Picts, the Scots and the Saxons
• The chronicles and legends of the Britons, from the writings of St Patrick to the prophecies of Merlin
• The myth of Arthur and his knights, the romance of Tristan and Isolde, and the quest for the Holy Grail – from medieval ballads to modern music and movies
• Numerous special features, from Merlin, Stonehenge and Parzifal to Arthur’s Grave and the Lady of Shalott
• Modern Arthuriana in its myriad forms, from fantasy novels to Internet sites and computer games
• A timeline chronicling Arthur in history and literature, and a gazetteer of Arthurian sites
• A full reference section, including a directory of modern Arthurian organizations, and a guide to further reading

Christopher Snyder is Professor of European History and Director of the National Celtic Heritage Center at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Britons and An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, AD 400–600, and edited The Early Peoples of Britain and Ireland: An Encyclopaedia.