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King Arthur's French Odyssey - Avallon in Burgundy [Paperback]

Marilyn Floyde
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18 Dec 2009
The very name King Arthur stirs something in the national blood. For whether he existed or not, there is something quintessentially British about it that inspires people to return time and again to the familiar stories associated with real places in Britain, like Glastonbury. At the end of the famous legend, when he departs for Avalon , King Arthur is inextricably linked to Glastonbury. Or is he? Marilyn Floyde reminds us that, in the earliest stories, he is also linked to France, or Gaul as it was then called. There is a theory that King Arthur could have performed his last heroic deeds in Burgundy. Or more specifically, in the ancient town of Avallon . Why has the Avallon in Burgundy largely been ignored, when it was the only real place of that name in existence in the fifth century? Perhaps there was a conspiracy perpetrated by unscrupulous medieval monks in England, designed to deprive France of a thousand years of tourist income... These theories are put to the test in this intriguing work. Follow the intrepid author as she explores the beautiful Burgundy countryside, on an investigative trail through history, religion and warfare, and into the magical realms of Arthurian legend. The compelling conclusions contain exciting new ideas. Be prepared to be challenged about the accepted origins of the myths behind the most famous king of them all. Subversive... A real addition to Arthuriana... [which raises]... many fresh issues; Geoffrey Ashe

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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1st edition (18 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843865696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843865698
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marilyn Floyde has worked in performing arts and community theatre throughout her career, and has directed arts programmes around the UK. She has written plays, musicals and libretti for choral works. Recently two major cantatas have been performed and broadcast: 'Waters of Time' (composer Ronald Corp) in Wells Cathedral and the Colston Hall, Bristol, about Wells and Somerset, and a BBC Commission, 'Weaving the Future' (composer Bill Connor) in The Guild Hall, Preston, about Lancashire. She was educated at Dartington College of Arts and has an MA in Creative Writing from University College, Chichester. She writes regularly for the website www.burgundytoday.com and has lived in France since 2000.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By McReed
As something of an erstwhile student of the King Arthur legends, I intially approacheed this book with some trepidation. Half expecting another account based on well-worn conjecture with little new flesh to add to Arthur's much-travelled and much-abused bones, I was delighted to discover instead a true historical contribution to enlargement the understanding of this shadowy and enigmatic figure. The work is visibly well-researched and referenced, and these academic strands are drawn interestingly and convincingly together by the interweaving in support of them, local Avallonian legend, and linguistic and geo-historical clues from that same area.
Marilyn Floyde's book is a recommended read which, even if it does partly expatriate the Great King from "Britain", breathes much new life into his spectre. Well done Marilyn Floyde!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Arthur was a Frenchie? 8 Jan 2010
King Arthur's French Odyssey - Avallon in Burgundy

This will throw the "chat" among the pigeons! I've just read Marilyn Floyde's provocative book about King Arthur in Burgundy and have found it very persuasive. I can't wait for the bad weather to go so that, her book in hand, I can personally visit the many sites she claims figured in the last days of Arthur. I shall fetch up with a pilgrimage to Avallon/Avalon. Thanks Marilyn for a stimulating read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars history unfloded 3 Nov 2012
By carl
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This link between Glastonbury in the UK and Avallon in France- both purported to be the burial places of King Arthur and both called the Apple Isle- throws an interesting light on the confusing history of the time. A good historical read to brush up on your King Arthur knowledge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur in Avalon 7 Oct 2010
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Provocative, persuasive, well researched and opening a whole new dimension on the subject, at the same time putting so much of the Glastonbury twaddle where it belongs. Well done Marilyn. Can't wait for next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur in France? Apparently so 11 July 2010
By Wiggy
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A thought provoking read which challenges the accepted "norm" of King Arthur legend with a new and exciting proposition but without taking anything away from the existing legend. I read this in one sitting so taken was I by the theory and the evidence put forward by Marilyn to support it. Well written, well researched from an author clearly passionate about her subject, highly recommended!
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