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August Hunt

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The Mysteries of Avalon is a unique and ground-breaking book which challenges many of the accepted views of the Arthurian tradition. From clues in old tales and documents, place-names and the mythic landscape, August Hunt weaves a tapestry of the Celtic gods and goddesses and of the Arthurian tales that heralds a new chapter in the interpretation of the deeds and existence of the greatest heroes of British legend - King Arthur and Merlin.

Not only does the author place these figures in the British landscape, he also dispels many of the older inaccurate ideas about them and demonstrates which of their tales have been assimilated from other early sources to produce the popular images that exist today.

By applying his wealth of knowledge and exploring the obscure and unresolved areas of the Arthurian tales, August Hunt provides new and provocative interpretations leading to startling conclusions about many subjects including the nature of Merlin, the dragon spirit of Britain, the real Holy Grail, the location of Avalon and the identities, human and divine, of the major characters in the Arthurian tales. Amongst these the author also focuses on the significant but often shadowy female figures of the myths like the Lady of the Lake, the mother of Arthur and the nine goddesses of Avalon.

The quest for the hidden mysteries leads from Wales to Cornwall to Scotland, from Ireland to France to Italy, but most of all from the forgotten fragments of the past to the unfolding of the myths which dwell at the heart of the British psyche.

The author includes fascinating appendices on a new interpretation of the Ogham alphabet and how to use it for divination, the symbolism and ritual uses of the Thirteen Treasures of Britain, and the zodiacal correspondences of King Arthur's battles.

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About the Author

August Hunt has a lifelong passion for the Arthurian stories and has been studying them since his youth. He has lectured extensively on King Arthur at colleges and for re-enactment organizations. His articles on British Dark Age topics are also featured on various award-winning websites. Drawing on his considerable knowledge of folklore, heroic legend and myth, as well as place-name studies, history and archaeology, August is providing new and challenging material which illuminates many of the previously shadowy areas of the Arthurian tradition. August holds a degree in Celtic and Germanic Studies, and is a member of the International Arthurian Society. When he is not engaged in research and writing, he enjoys designing and building stone circles and other monuments that reproduce the celestial alignments of their ancient European counterparts. His other Arthurian books include: The Arthur of History: A Reinterpretation of the Evidence

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463691939
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005965SRA
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5.0 out of 5 stars The historical origins of King Arthur, Merlin and Avalon come alive in this book! 26 Jun. 2012
By Regan Fairfax - Published on
Since the tender age of 15 I have been drawn to the legends of King Arthur. Perhaps "obsessed" would be a more accurate description. Author August Hunt's dazzling display of research carefully peppered with keen insight led me down familiar paths in ways never imagined before. Indeed, his "Mysteries of Avalon" is a book that I will refer to time and again. Intelligent and thought provoking, it helped me recapture that precious teen age excitement I experienced each instance I read new aspects of the legend. How many times have I queried where the historical Avalon is situated? Oh, yes, I have haunted Glastonbury and countless sacred sites considered "Arthurian," but "Mysteries" actually takes the additional step, offers clear evidence for Arthur, Myrddin and all aspects of the legend with such vigor that I am tempted to mount another Arthurian expedition sometime in the near future. It takes a very special writer to birth that kind of excitement. I highly recommend this book!

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