Synopses & Reviews
In a masterful blend of history, geography, and literature, Jean Markale re-creates the true King Arthur, the real-life Celtic warrior-hero who organized the resistance to the Saxon onslaught in fifth-century England. Markale's unsurpassed knowledge of Celtic history has enabled him to reconstruct for us the actual world in which King Arthur lived--its heros, its values, and its vicissitudes--and to define the position that Arthur occupied within it.
• Explains how the Arthurian ideals of knightly virtue and chivalry are at the heart of Western literature and thought
• Shows how the Celtic heritage continues to exert a unique formative power on our personal and moral concepts
A Celtic historian re-creates the life and times of the real King Arthur and explains how even today Arthurian ideals of knightly virtue remain at the heart of Western thought.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-303) and index.
About the Author
Jean Markale (1928-2008), was a poet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, who spent a lifetime researching pre-Christian and medieval culture and spirituality. He was a former specialist in Celtic studies at the Sorbonne and author of more than 40 books, including Montségur and the Mystery of the Cathars, The Church of Mary Magdalene, The Druids, The Celts, Merlin, and Women of the Celts.
Table of Contents
King of The Celts
Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition
Part 1 King Arthur in the Medieval World
1. Arthurian Literature
2. The Political Background
John of Salisbury
Part 2 King Arthur in the Celtic World
3. Britain in the Dark Ages
The New Kings of Britain
4. King Arthur in History
5. The Arthurian Myth
The Political Aspect
The Theme of Sovereignty
The Unfaithful Queen
Arthur the God
6. The Early Saga of Arthur
Part 3 Waiting for Arthur
7. The Specific Qualities of the Celts
Roman Society and Celtic Society
The Contribution of the Celts
8. Arthur's Legacy