1st Edition

King Arthur Myth-Making and History

By N. J. Higham Copyright 2002
    320 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction 1. A King out of Time: Arthur in the twentieth century 2. The Genesis of Arthur 3 . Contested Histories: Anglo-Saxons and Britons c.730-830 4. Text in Context: The Annales Cambriae c. 954 5. The Rise and Fall of the Historical Arthur 6. Postscript: The Rhetorical Arthur


    N.J. Higham

    'This thought-provoking volume is worth reading' - Guy Halsall, THES

    'Higham's survey is an admirably measured and wide-ranging contribution.' - Ecclesiastical History