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by Leslie Alcock

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ISBN: 0140136053
Author: Leslie Alcock
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (June 30, 1970)
Pages: 464
Category: Europe
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 337
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Originally published: 1971. Includes bibliographical references (p. -408) and index.

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The history and archaeology of Britain in the 'Dark Ages'; a bit out dated now, but still the best overview of Britain in this popular historical period.

He is a past President of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The history and archaeology of Britain in the 'Dark Ages'; a bit out dated now, but still the best overview of Britain in this popular historical period. Features everything from housing, warfare and society to source material and techniques of archaeological excavation. This book was first written in the 1970s and was updated in 1989, and is written by one of the finest 'Arthurian' historians known.

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Arthur's Britain" assembles a wealth of information about the history of Arthur by delving into the shadowy period in which he lived

Arthur's Britain" assembles a wealth of information about the history of Arthur by delving into the shadowy period in which he lived. Drawing on evidence from written and archaeological sources, Leslie Alcock, who directed the famous excavation at Cadbury Castle in Somerset, England, sifts history from fiction to take us back to life between the fourth and seventh centuries. We are all familiar with the heroic deeds and enchantments of the legendary tales surrounding King Arthur

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This book assembles a wealth of information about the Arthur of history by delving into the shadowy period of the past in which he lived. Drawing on evidence from both written and archaeological sources, Leslie Alcock, who directed the famous excavation at Cadbury Castle in Somerset, sifts history from fiction to take us back to life between the 4th and 7th centuries, a time of warfare and feuding, when Celtic Britain had shaken off Roman rule and fell victim to floods of raiding Scots, Picts and. Anglo-Saxons.

Items related to Arthur's Britain: History and Archaeology: . Leslie Alcock Arthur's Britain: History and Archaeology: . ISBN 13: 9780140136050. Arthur's Britain: History and Archaeology: . This book assembles a wealth of information about the Arthur of history by delving into the shadowy period of the past in which he lived. He is a past president of the Cambrian Archaeology Association and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

This book assembles a wealth of information about the Arthur of history by delving into the shadowy period of the past in which he lived. Drawing on evidence from both written adn archaeological sources, Leslie Alcock sifts history from fiction to take us back to life between the fourth and seventh centuries, a time of warfare and feuding, when Celtic Britain had shaken off Roman rule, and fell victim to floods of raiding Scots, Picts, and Anglo-Saxons. He also provides details on how the Britons lived, worshipped, dressed and fought, to create a vivid picture of the Arthurian age and its warrior hero.

Comments:

Marg
I encountered this book for a weekend workshop I recently took on the fact and fiction of Arthurian Lore. This book painstakingly discusses the validity of different types of source material in the history of Britain in order to shed light on the possible origin's the the legend of King Arthur. While undoubtedly a valuable contribution to scholarship, it is also an exceedingly dry read. However, those interested in unearthing the historical basis of the stories will be well-served to explore this work.
MilsoN
A great read that takes you back to "Arthurian Days" and fills you in on what happened then. As a matter of fact, it also aids writers to tell their stories by using some of the history as well. Highly recommended.
Otiel
A very interesting book about Britain at the time of the legendary king.
Gri
Good my friend loves it
Quynaus
There was once an up-and-coming archeologist who had studied under the most renowned scholar of his day, in India. When he returned to Britain, he was offered the dig at Dinas Powys, traditionally believed to be the royal site for the Powys dynasty. His research and findings, at one time both incredibly thorough and with the ability to make leaps of brilliance, won him the recognition of his peers. When funding for archeological digs flagged and it was decided to explore a local legend regarding King Arthur to drum up money, he was again called upon. His work on South Cadbury kept to strict scientific guidelines while allowing for the possibility of Arthur's existence. His ability to walk that line won him regard among his peers, the respect among enthusiasts, and a standing as a hero among the romanticists.

In 1970, he again wrote on the subject of Arthur, and again balanced the facts with the climate. The first portion of his book goes over the inherent weaknesses of all the sources that need to be used to study the Arthurian period. He then does his best with the tools at hand to describe the people, society, laws, and warfare of the period. In this he is again thorough and his arguments sound. My problem with the book is neither that the author was a poor scholar (even in death he is still one of the most respected experts on the period) nor did he in any way compromised his integrity. The book is still the first thing any individual learning about the period should read. It is simply outdated on almost all counts. The historical sources he spoke of are all much better understood now. More sites have been excavated, leading to a better understanding of the physical culture of the Britons. Read the book, but then read his later works. He would go back to the subjects in that book over and over again in his career.
Wafi
This is one of the finest popular histories I have ever read. Whether it is a book about 5th and 6th century British history using Arthur as a organizing principle, or a book about the "real" Arthur using 5th and 6th century history as a backdrop, this book is wholly convincing concerning the reality of Arthur and the historical context in which he lived. The book may actually be too good. The most convincing evidence it cites -- the so-called British Easter Annals -- appear to have been called into question by subsequent scholarship; and the link between Arthur and Mount Badon is not quite as convicing as it seeme to be when Alcock wrote the book. In short, this masterpiece needs updating. But a masterpiece it is. No one who reads this book with any care can fail to come away from it without a vastly improved understanding not only of the British dark ages, but of the nature of historical evidence, scholarship, and truth. This is a great book.

After posting my original comments, I would still rate this book a "5." But there has been a lot of "water over the dam" since Alcock wrote, and the book was so good it deserves an update. For example, Sykes wonderful "Saxon, Celt, Viking" does a genetic analysis of Great Britain (the technology was not available when Alcock wrote" demonstrating that about 2/3 of what is now England is "Celtic" by the male line and over 3/4 by the female line. So we know there was not a "Germanic replacement," something Alcock suspected but could not prove. And Alcock himself revised his position somewhat:

"In the 'Mortimer Wheeler Archaeological Lecture', given before the British Academy on 13 October 1982, Professor Alcock makes the following statements, re-assessing his position on Arthur's historical reality: "The Arthur of history is another matter. Whatever value my essay in souce-criticism may have had in 1971 [see above], it has largely been swept away by the studies of Drs Dumville, Miller and the late Kathleen Hughes. Largely, I think, but not entirely; and certainly the debate is too large to enter into here. At present, however, my position on the historicity of Arthur is one of agnosticism". While this is not a full recantation, Alcock certainly steps far back from his earlier position."

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