King Arthur: Myth-Making and History by N. J. HighamKing Arthur: Myth-Making and History by N. J. Higham

King Arthur: Myth-Making and History

byN. J. HighamEditorN. J. Higham

Paperback | October 20, 2008

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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: theHistory of the Britonsand theWelsh 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 Historyilluminates 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 Historyis fascinating reading for anyone interested in the origins and evolution of the Arthurian legend.

N. J. Highamis Professor of Early Medieval and Landscape History at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the society of Antiquaries. His recent publications include(Re)Reading Bede: The Ecclesiastical History in Contextand he is the editor ofBritons in Anglo-Saxon England(2007).
Title:King Arthur: Myth-Making and HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.6 inPublished:October 20, 2008Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415483980

ISBN - 13:9780415483988


Table of Contents

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: TheAnnales Cambriaec. 954  5. The Rise and Fall of the 'Historical' Arthur  6. Postscript: The Rhetorical Arthur

Editorial Reviews

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

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