King Arthur: Myth-Making and History

1st Edition

N. J. Higham

Routledge
Published August 27, 2008
Reference - 310 Pages - 39 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415483988 - CAT# RU83980

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Summary

This seminal new study explores how and why historians and writers from the Middle Ages to the present day have constructed different accounts of this well-loved figure.

N. J Higham offers an in-depth examintaion of the first two Arthurian texts: the History of the Britons and the Welsh Annals. He argues that historians have often been more influenced by what the idea of Arthur means in their present context than by such primary sources

King Arthur: Myth-making and History illuminates and discusses some central points of debate:

*  What role was Arthur intended to perform in the political and cultural worlds that constructed him?
* How did the idea of King Arthur evolve? 
* What did the myth of Arthur mean to both authors and their audiences?

King Arthur: Myth-making and History is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of the Arthurian legend.

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