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A comprehensive analysis of the Arthurian legend.
on 20 January 2012
The tales of Arthur and his accomplished Knights of the Round table have always been an interesting tale to me, and this book recounts all the major workings from as early as the middle ages surrounding King Arthur. I was impressed by author's ability to remain open minded as he interprets an array of literature surrounding the enigmatic figure of Arthur, and certainly the story does change, sometimes significantly depending on the source. Overall the book is a good read, and is divided into chapters not just on Arthur but on other famous figures of the time such as Merlin and Gawain. I particulalry enjoyed the Merlin section and brilliantly speaks of how he moved the giants dance from Ireland to Britain with his magic, which is now of course Stonehenge. Other feats of his include informing Vortigern how his tower is built on an unstable patch of soil as there are two dragons living in its foundations. Of course some of the more well known tales of Arthur such as the sword Excalibur were also a joy to read, and in addition I enjoyed reading about the other array of magical weapons at his and his knights disposal. In all this is an excellent source for further reading into Arthur or for a casual read, and I must point out that this is my first book on Arthur so it is a good starting point for those unsure of which book to buy. I would recommend this book for those interested in the legend of Arthur and also an insight into the workings of the figures in his court. The thing to remember is that Arthur could well have existed, and certainly from my reading of this book, there is no substantial evidence to suggest otherwise. Indeed one day it is entirely possible that he might well return from his resting place at Avalon, and prove all the critics wrong.