Synopses & Reviews
The Arthur portrayed in popular literature and the romances of old is a figure far removed from the warrior remembered in the early writings and traditions of his own people. The original story of Arthur belongs to the Dark Ages, a time of chaos and war, when his people were forced to retreat to the western reaches of their territory. Their oppressors sought to strip them of everything - their lands, their lives, even their history. Tales of Arthur's exploits were reworked to fit a new political agenda and then circulated across medieval Europe, the real origins of the legend obscured. But in his native land the truth survived.
Using half-forgotten sources and clues hidden in the ancient Welsh landscape, historians Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd lead us on an adventure every bit as exciting as the legend itself. Arthur's family tree is traced, his warriors named, and his battlegrounds pinpointed. Blake and Lloyd reveal that Arthur was not the shining Christian king of popular romance - not even, in fact, a king at all - but a fearsome figure known to his followers as, simply, the "Leader of Battles." And they shed new light on one of the greatest mysteries of British history: the location of Arthur's final resting place.
This is the untold story of Arthur the ancient hero whose life gave rise to the myth of the Once and Future King
Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd explore the enigma of Arthur and reveal the kernel of truth that lies at the heart of the colorful legends about The Once and Future King. They trace Arthur's story back to its literary and geographical origins, proving that many locations still bear witness to his life. With the aid of detailed maps and original sources, they cast new light upon accepted theories about Arthur's identity and challenge our understanding of Dark Age Britain. Ultimately, Pendragon
deciphers one of the greatest mysteries of all time: where is Arthur buried?
About the Author
Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd have devoted years of research to the subject of Arthur and Ancient Britain. They are the founders of the Centre for Arthurian Studies at the North East Wales Institute and advise and promote one of the world's leading collections of Arthurian material, housed in Flintshire Library HQ. They are currently working with the Welsh Academic Press on a series dedicated to Welsh Arthurian source material.