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on 7 January 2010
I have already read several books on the topic. Some boring, some confusing, and some even ridiculous how the author constructs his case.
But this book is different. The theory Edwin Pace submits is incredibly daring but still so ... convincing. At least for the interested amateur. Having not studied the primary sources for years I could not decide whether his conclusions might be right or wrong, whether he is telling just nonsense or not. But at least reading the book it gives you really the feeling, yes, it could have been like that and it feels that he really had done his homework. Every detail seems to fall into place when Mr Pace explains Bede, Gildas and Nennius. I found myself frequently nodding, thinking, yes, yes, of course, why did nobody else ever think of that? (Why did nobody? Is the book's conclusion so far fetched? Is it really?)
Comparing this book to many others about this topic this one is a real page turner. It is not a mere compilation of facts where in the end the author tells you that no valid conclusion can be drawn, no, as it says in the title it is a "Narrative History". Really smooth and enjoyable reading.
What I liked also very much about this book is the fact that Edwin Pace does not look on Britain as an isolated world, only absorbed in internal problems. He shows the events in the context with the development in Europe.
A reviewer asked whether the reader can really believe that a Briton made a campaign with 12000 men on the continent. Well, the author has developed his case so convincing that in the end it did not sound so absurd. We may never know, never know who Arthur really was and what he really accomplished. Or did not accomplish.
But this theory has one big virtue: the author really made me want to believe it. But in the end I am not a scholar, I am just an interested person who enjoyed immensely reading this book.
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