The World of King Arthur

The World of King Arthur

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The nineteenth-century revival of interest in Arthur reached its height in the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites and the operas of Richard Wagner, while in the twentieth century Camelot found new adherents through novels, movies and computer games. The account of recent developments includes recommendations of Arthurian Internet sites. Never before has one book attempted such a thorough exploration of King Arthur's world. Book jacket.
inspiring French poets like Chretien de Troyes to compose the first chivalric romances of the Middle Ages. Snyder traces the development of Arthurian literature in medieval Europe, showing how writers brought the stories of the Grail and Tristan into association with Arthur.
In this illustrated survey, Christopher Snyder examines the realities and the impact of the Arthurian legends on history and the arts. Medieval texts and the latest archaeological discoveries are used to piece together a picture of the fifth and sixth centuries, when Arthur was believed to have reigned as champion of the Britons. The stories of Arthur -- the so-called "Matter of Britain" -- took shape as Welsh and Breton bards sang of the exploits of Arthur and his knights, in turn
King Arthur, Camelot, Excalibur, Merlin, the Holy Grail, Lancelot and Guinevere -- these names are some of the most recognizable and evocative in the cultural heritage of the West. They conjure up vibrant images of medieval Europe, of chivalry and of romance. But did Arthur really exist, or is Camelot only a dream?
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2000
ISBN: 0500051046
Branch Call Number: 942.014 SNY
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Oct 31, 2008

After reading The Mists of Avalon, I picked this up to learn more about the "real" King Arthur. There is scant evidence for a king of his legendary magnitude, but many tall tales originate with a spark of truth. We may never know. This is a great resource for discovering more about the Dark Ages in which Arthurian legend began.


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