Paganism in Arthurian Romance by John DarrahPaganism in Arthurian Romance by John Darrah

Paganism in Arthurian Romance

byJohn Darrah

Paperback | November 6, 1997

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The origins of Arthurian romance will always be a hotly disputed subject. The great moments of the legends belong partly to dimly-remembered history, partly to the poets' imagination down the ages, yet there is another strand to the stories which goes back deeper and further: the traces of ancient pagan religion, found both in Arthurian heroes who have inherited the attributes of gods, and in episodes which reflect ancient religious rituals. Darrah's careful study of the thematic relationships of, particularly, the more obscure episodes of the romances and his identification of the relative geography of Arthurian Britain as portrayed in the romances will be valuable even to those who differ with his conclusions. His most original contribution to an unravelling of a pagan Arthurian past lies in his appropriation of the fascinating evidence of standing stones and pagan cultic sites. This is dark and difficult territory, but building on elusive clues, and tracing a range of sites, especially in south-west Britain, John Darrah has added a significant new dimension to the search for the sources of the legends of Arthur and his court. JOHN DARRAH has also written 'The Real Camelot'.
Title:Paganism in Arthurian RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 6, 1997Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0859914267

ISBN - 13:9780859914260

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The history and mythology of Greece are firmly rooted in the Greek landscape: temples, springs and geographical features are recognisable today from references throughout classical Greek literature. In this book, John Darrah finds a similar connection between Arthurian romance, Celtic myth and the landscape of Britain. He has read widely in Arthurian literature, and his remarkable study shows how paganism has left its mark on the stories about Arthur, and how the Arthurian landscape relates to the archaeological map of Britain. He also studies the evidence in the legends for pagan ritual recorded in Roman times, and for archaeological features of prehistoric Britain -- the practice of throwing swords into rivers and lakes, and descriptions of burial mounds and standing stones, for instance -- and provides a gazetteer to places and a who's who to the romances.