The story of King Arthur is one of the best known in English history: he was the boy who was schooled by Merlin and who claimed his right to lead the Britons against the Saxons by drawing a sword from a stone; later, he was the warrior who congregated with his knights around a Round Table and who was given a magical sword, Excalibur, by the Lady of the Lake. These stories have been told and re-told hundreds of times – and over the centuries the actual figure of Arthur has retreated into obscurity, with many scholars suggesting that he was a mythical figure who never actually existed. Arthur has been the subject of thousands of books; yet this one tells his story in a way that is wholly new – through the places where the events surrounding his life supposedly unfolded. From Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Arthur’s reputed place of birth, to Slaughterbridge in the same county, one of the contenders for the location of his final battle against the Saxons, and from Cadbury Castle in Somerset, one of the numerous claimants to be the site of Arthur’s fort of Camelot, to Glastonbury, where in 1191 his grave was reputedly discovered by local monks, the trail through some of England’s most historic places throws a whole new light on this most compelling of legends.
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF KING ARTHUR
The author expertly goes over key portions of Arthurian legends as they’ve developed over the centuries and how they connect to real life history, places, and people. There are even quite a few great pictures of some of the locations that help you really get a sense of scale and scope, as well as how they appear now. Plus, if you plan on travelling and exploring any of these locations there’s a list at the end of the book of places featured that are connected to the old legends.