The Historic King Arthur: Authenticating the Celtic Hero of Post-Roman Britain
Who was King Arthur? How did the story originate? Through careful research of the many primary documents, a picture of the true Arthur can in fact be set down. He reached power shortly after the Romans evacuated Britain at the end of the fifth century and died at the Battle of Camlann. He became king at 15 under the name of Ambrosius Aurelianus and fought against the Saxons on the mainland as Riothamus, thus explaining the regeneration motif so closely tied to the mythical Arthur. This study reveals that the integrity and ideals central to Arthurian myth were very much a part of the real Arthur.
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Interesting material, but very confusingly presented. Not convinced about his argument that 3 people whose lives stretched over a period of 98 years are really one person either. Read Leslie Alcock and Geoffrey Ashe before embarking on this book.
The Ancient Manuscripts
The Cardinal and Ordinal Years
Hillforts and Roman Roads
The Geography of Mount Badon
The Geography of Camlann
Other Sites Camelot and Tintagel
Ambrosius Aurelianus History and Tradition
Riothamus The Briton from Across the Ocean
Arthur Historical and Literary Data
The Phoenix Arises
The Arthurian Chronology
The Isle of Avalon Arthurs Resting Place