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Pendragon : the definitive account of the origins of Arthur
Blake, Steve.
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First Lyons Press edition.
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2003.

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x, 310 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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"True account of Arthur the ancient warrior hero whose exploits gave rise to the myth of the once and future king"--Cover.
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DA152.5.A7 B53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Pendragon, Steve Blake and Scott Lloyd explore the enigma of Arthur and reveal the kernel of truth that lies at the heart of the colorful legends about The Once and Future King. They trace Arthur's story back to its literary and geographical origins, proving that many locations still bear witness to his life. With the aid of detailed maps and original sources, they cast new light upon accepted theories about Arthur's identity and challenge our understanding of Dark Age Britain. Ultimately, Pendragon deciphers one of the greatest mysteries of all time: where is Arthur buried?

Author Notes

Steve Blake and Scott, Lloyd have devoted years of research to the subject of Arthur and Ancient Britain. They are the founders of the Centre for Arthurian Studies at the North East Wales Institute and advise and promote one of the world's leading collections of Arthurian material, housed in Flintshire Library HQ. They are currently working with the Welsh Academic Press on a series dedicated to Welsh Arthurian source material.



In sixth-century Britain there were no knights in shining armor, no jousting, and no great military organization that enabled campaigns with huge armies such as are portrayed in the pages of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Arthur belonged to a time when a war-band of 300 was considered impressive, a time when the war cries of Briton, Pict, Scot, and Saxon echoed across the West, and when the drumming of horses' hooves and the chink of chain mail heralded death and destruction. This was not a time of all-conquering Continental campaigns ... but one of civil war, invasion, and constant raiding. Excerpted from Pendragon: The Definitive Account of the Origins of Arthur by Steve Blake, Scott Lloyd All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The Quest for Arthurp. 5
2 The Birth of a Legendp. 31
3 The Keepers of Traditionp. 47
4 The Genealogy of Arthurp. 79
5 Some Geographical Problemsp. 111
6 Arthur's Battlesp. 140
7 Arthur the Warlordp. 167
8 The Lost Saga of Camlan and the Death of Arthurp. 181
Epilogue: The Untold Story of Arthurp. 205
Appendix 1 The Warriors of Arthur and Other Characters Associated with him in the Earliest Welsh Sourcesp. 211
Appendix 2 The Heartland of Arthur's Warriorsp. 225
Appendix 3 The Source Materialsp. 256
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 293
About the Authorsp. 299
Useful Addressesp. 300
Indexp. 302