King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

by Amber Books


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Precious little is known about the historical British leader Arthur, who defended Britannia against Anglo-Saxon invasion in the 6th century. Nevertheless, King Arthur is one of the most famous Britons, and Excalibur and Camelot are perhaps the world’s best-known sword and mythical castle.

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table examines the fact and the fiction behind Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, Guinevere, and Galahad—among others—as well as the quest for the Holy Grail. Beginning with the 12th century, the book explores what factual basis there is for the tales and how the characters, stories, and motifs developed through histories, epic poems, and prose tellings since the Medieval era. The book also charts the upsurge of interest in Arthurian romance in the 19th and 20th centuries and considers how the tales still grip the popular imagination today through games, TV, and movies.

Illustrated with more than 180 artworks and illustrations, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is an entertaining account where literature, mythology, and history meet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435162822
Publisher: Metro Books
Publication date: 06/03/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 739,719
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Martin J. Dougherty is the author of Vikings: A History of the Norse People, The Wars of the Roses, and A Dark History: Celts, among many other books. A former defense consultant, he also writes on personal self-defense and modern military technology.

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