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King Arthur

Myth-Making and History

King Arthur by N. J. Higham
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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.

Taylor and Francis; July 2005
ISBN 9781134614288
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Title: King Arthur
Author: N. J. Higham
 
ISBNs
0203994027
9780203994023
9780415213059
9781134614264
9781134614288