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The Three Arthurs: History, Legend and Quest

by Derek Bryce

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I picked this up based partly on the blurb. From the back cover:The author presents the reader with original extracts from the literature and a reasoned argument covering the topics of did Arthur exist? Who was he? What did he do? What is the meaning of the Arthurian quest?

Unfortunately, for me, The Three Arthurs was slightly disappointing. There is a good use of source material, going back as close to the sixth century as possible, and the author does try to create a possible "reality" for Arthur. I found the Arthur as Legend section very slight as the author didn't seem to be as interested in the medieval version of Arthur. The section on Arthurian quest seems to be the most personal for the author but, at least partly because of the brevity of the book, I didn't really "buy into" the author's thoughts.

I suppose that anybody who reads about Arthur has, to some extent, their own preconceived ideas and brings their own biases and opinion to the subject. So, taking that point into consideration, overall this book didn't go in the direction I wanted and it definitely could have done with some maps, especially as the author goes into place names and the possible locations of the Arthurian battles. ( )
4 vote calm | Oct 16, 2011 |
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