Arthur's Britain: History & Archaeology A.D. 367-634

Arthur's Britain: History & Archaeology A.D. 367-634 We are all familiar with the heroic deeds and enchantments of the legendary tales surrounding King Arthur But what evidence is there for a real figure beneath the myth and romance 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 He also provides fascinating detail on how the Britons actually lived, worshipped, dressed, and fought to uncover the real world and people behind the Arthurian legends


About the Author: Leslie Alcock

Leslie Alcock was Professor of Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, and one of the leading archaeologists of the Early Medieval British period His major excavations included Dinas Powys hill fort in Wales, Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury in Somerset and a series of major hillforts in Scotland.Forinformation, please see



10 thoughts on “Arthur's Britain: History & Archaeology A.D. 367-634

  1. says:

    For a lot of Arthur enthusiasts, the scholarly consensus about where he stands will be less than satisfying if he even existed at all and it s not clear that this is definitively the case , he was almost certainly a dux bellorum a war chief or battle commander , not a king The characters have grown up around his legend were also added on over a period of centuries after Arthur s life, some of whom we have little


  2. says:

    Fascinating look at Britain between the Roman and Anglo Saxon periods Interesting look, too, at the question of whether or not King Arthur actually existed Great stuff especially if you appreciate extended discussions of historical sources, archaeology, etc One thing I found disconcerting was the author s puzzlement regarding the lack of remains of churches from this period His solution is that churches and houses proba


  3. says:

    I ve been wanting to learnabout the so called Dark Ages in England, between the end of Roman occupation and the Norman invasion When I got this book, I didn t know that it sof a scholarly analysis than a general public summary.So, if you like books that explain what the source material is, what the problems are with making sense of the source material, and come to the appropriate provisional conclusions, you ll probably like th


  4. says:

    For anyone interested in the historical Arthur, this book is a must Alcock is one of the most respected British archaeologists specializing in Dark Age Britain and has excavated several important Arthurian sites, most notably Cadbury Camalat, which some may be the historical and legendary capitol of Arthur It may be hard going to read for some, since it is academic in tone, but if you love the legend, you ll appreciate the reality too.


  5. says:

    This is probably one of the best academic books that I ve read It s a very thorough introduction to the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the rather nebulous so called Arthurian period of British history Broadly speaking, it is the period of British history beginning a little while before the fall of the Western Roman Empire, up until perhaps the eighth century or so This book, I should add, could just as well be an introduction


  6. says:

    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 d


  7. says:

    I loved this, but it s probably too dry and scholarly to be very readable for anyone without a prior interest in the field However, as someone who is fascinated by the so called dark ages, and post Roman Britain in particular, I found this careful, rigorous, and detailed survey of the available archaeological and written evidence about Arthurian Britain and the historical Arthur delightful There is something about the deep attention that Alcock gives to the n


  8. says:

    An oustanding survey of the sub Roman Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries The author comprensively analyses scant textual and archaeological evidence to demonstrate how daily life and warfare might have looked like in the age of Arthur In his quest for the historical Arthur, he arrives at a conclusion that this famous figure was probably an important leader of Romano British resistance against Saxons This book is a classic that I can highly recommend to anyone w


  9. says:

    Well written, well organized book giving an overview of what is known about history and material conditions in Britain from 367 to 634 The book is especially strong on archaeology, with good plates and diagrams of sites and artifacts, but also gives a clear summary of the sparse written sources from the period, relating it all, of course, to the possible life and deeds of the historical Arthur The book would be especially useful to a writer setting a historical novel or fant


  10. says:

    For my second book, I read Arthur s Britain by Leslie Alcock This book tells about Britain and its history during the Arthurian age The beginning tells some of how and where the author got his sources from that period Some of the poetry and laws believed to be from or around the time were used to draw information, as were three texts that contained most of the evidence for Arthurian Britain These texts were the De excidio et conquesta Britanniae, Historical Miscellany, and the Anglo


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