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In this original look at the world of Arthur, the authors show how the people of medieval England engaged with the Arthurian legend. Individual chapters cover Winchester as the site of Camelot, the crown of Arthur presented by Edward I, and the various items associated with Dover, Glastonbury Abbey, and other sites. Far from being credulous and gullible, it is clear that people actively debated Arthurian history. The book concludes with a discussion of the 16th-century antiquarian John Leland and those who followed in his footsteps, continuing to search for the physical remains of Arthur and his court.

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Rouse (English, U. of Nottingham) and Rushton (medieval literature, U. of Bristol) examine the various and sundry artifacts that clotted the landscape of medieval England and its memory, finding them mostly to be elaborate fakes created to support the legend and the sense of identity it provided more than the actual existence of the king. They find that such whimsy as the Round Table of Winchester served the dreams of empire that dated long before explorers took ship, the various arms said to be Arthur's that in fact only conferred the illusion of power on the bearers, including those who believed they held Excaliber in their very hands, and the even closer association the Celts held with the man who actually was their king. Distributed in the US by Trafalgar Square Publishing.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Rouse (English, U. of Nottingham) and Rushton (medieval literature, U. of Bristol) examine the various and sundry artifacts that clotted the landscape of medieval England and its memory, finding them mostly to be elaborate fakes created to support the legend and the sense of identity it provided more than the actual existence of the king. They find that such whimsy as the Round Table of Winchester served the dreams of empire that dated long before explorers took ship, the various arms said to be Arthur's that in fact only conferred the illusion of power on the bearers, including those who believed they held Excaliber in their very hands, and the even closer association the Celts held with the man who actually was their king. Distributed in the US by Trafalgar Square Publishing. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780752433431
Author:
Rouse, Robert
Publisher:
Tempus
Author:
Rushton, Cory James
Author:
Rouse, Dr. Robert
Author:
Rouse *, Robert
Author:
Rushton, Cory
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.80x4.98x.42 in. .36 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Humanities » Mythology » Arthurian
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Metaphysics » Wicca and Goddess Worship

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