The Quest for Arthur's Britain

The Quest for Arthur s Britain Solid facts about Arthur his knights have emerged thru the recent work of archeologists This book examines the historical foundations of the Arthurian tradition then in five archeological chapters

  • Title: The Quest for Arthur's Britain
  • Author: Geoffrey Ashe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Solid facts about Arthur his knights have emerged thru the recent work of archeologists This book examines the historical foundations of the Arthurian tradition, then, in five archeological chapters, presents the results of excavations to date at Cadbury reputed site of Camelot , Tintagel, Glastonbury less known places Illustrated with 10 color plates,Solid facts about Arthur his knights have emerged thru the recent work of archeologists This book examines the historical foundations of the Arthurian tradition, then, in five archeological chapters, presents the results of excavations to date at Cadbury reputed site of Camelot , Tintagel, Glastonbury less known places Illustrated with 10 color plates, 139 BW plates 53 maps, plans line drawings Includes Chronological Chart, Chronology, Bibliography Index Includes contributions by the most prominent Arthurian scholars, including Geoffrey Ashe, Leslie Alcock, C A Ralegh Radford, Philip Rahtz Jill Racy.

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    1. I read Welch's Britannia, a scholarly book about Roman Britain, in order to prepare to read Ashe's Quest as anything about Arthurian legend, emotions being what they are, is unlikely to be objectively disinterested.Ashe's collection, perhaps unlike some of the books (he's practically an industry) he wrote entirely by himself, is not bad. It's interested certainly and one imagines Ashe was careful to take material generally congruent to his own ideas, but for the most part the quality of scholars [...]

    2. Despite many of Ashe's conclusions being overtaken by later scholarship, Quest remains a good resource for the soil from which Arthurian legend sprouted.

    3. I read this as a teenager after years of reading the myths in various editions. this was a welcome, deeper analysis of the history in as far as there is any, of the myth and the times.

    4. I bought this book because I was interested in the history behind the Arthurian Legend, which I love. I learned a very important lesson: do NOT try to search for the truth behind a legend, because it takes away some of the magic. At least that's what it felt like for me.The informations on the various digs mentioned in the text is very extensive. It talks in detail about any relevant place (such as Glastonbury), what was found there and what it proves. I'm sure that for some people that would be [...]

    5. One must remember one thing when reading Geoffrey Ashe, that he ran a touring business centered around King Arthur and Somerset. With that bias in mind, a quick overview of his jointly written book is more useful. Ashe was able to acquire the best experts of the time in writing his book, and when they spoke of clothing, weaponry, and other non-geographical details they came up with some useful information. However, as Alcock even mentions in his essay, the authors were asked to make certain that [...]

    6. Just LOVED this book about the search for an historical Arthur. Ashe actually lives in Glastonbury so he is on-the-spot to investigate sites such as Cadbury and the River Cam. He's a great guy: I was doing some research, wrote to him, and he wrote me back with the answer! Great pictures as well. A must-have for any Arthurian fanatic!

    7. In fairness I can't really say I read it as I only got about a third of the way through. If you have a real interest in the topic or a lot of background knowledge it might be interesting but it was far too wordy and detailed for what I was looking for.

    8. From very distant memory I've given this 3 stars. It must be going on at least 30 years since I read this. However, I think this book is a good starter for those readers on the quest for the historical Arthur. Forget Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave!

    9. Excellent read. Good mixture of archaeology and literary history. Last section traces the influence of Arthurian legend through the ages and its impact on British cultural and political development.

    10. I cant remember! Must read it again though since then more theories are around, more archeological digs have taken place, so it is probably dated

    11. Re-reading this. Interesting summary of the development of the Arthurian legend and the historical facts behind it.

    12. I think there are some compelling arguments in this book. But then I am prone to want things to be disproven rather than proven.

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