King Arthur History and Legend Matthews Folio Society 2008


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King Arthur History & Legend by John & Caitlin Matthews

Legend says that, as the Roman Empire crumbled, one man briefly held back the invading hordes from Britain. Was there a real historical figure behind these stories, a man whom later generations would mythologise as ‘Arthur’? If so, who was he? King Arthur is a subject which often invites ill-founded speculation, but in this commission for the Folio Society, John and Caitlin Matthews examine in detail each historical candidate. Using their encyclopaedic knowledge of the sources and the latest archaeological research, they trace how Arthur came to be associated with the other figures familiar to us – Merlin, Taliesin, Guinevere – and provide a historical context for the changing myth of Arthur, from its earliest evocation in pre-Conquest saints’ Lives and the glittering epics of the Middle Ages through to his continued popularity in film and literature today.


  • Folio Society First Impression
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2008
  • Blue Buckram Hardback, 296 pp
  • With colour illustrations
  • Size 240 x 165mm, 1.2kg

Condition: Near Fine – Light Fading to SLipcase, Book Unmarked Copy

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Weight 1.2 kg


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