King Arthur is the favourite of romantics
and the bane of critical historians.
There will never be absolute proof of his
existence, for our main sources are more
or less deliberate fictions, but there is
enough to suggest for most a hidden
truth and quite enough to inspire, from
the Dark Ages to the present day.
Over the centuries the story of Arthur
has been embellished and re-told, from
medieval romances to Pre-Raphaelite
painters to twentieth-century Hollywood.
And yet the kernel of the story of a
remarkable leader who inspired a
devoted following has remained constant
through the ages. But who was Arthur?
Was he man or myth?
This handy, pocket-sized, hardback
biography answers these questions and
provides the ideal introduction in words
and pictures to Arthur, his life and the
places where his remarkable spirit can
perhaps be felt even today.
Robert Dunning was for nearly forty
years the official historian of the
county of Somerset and is the author
of numerous books about the county
and its religious buildings. King Arthur
caught his imagination as a child; as an
historian his particular interest is in
the use others have made of ancient
sources for the king’s existence and
Imprint PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 98 8, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2010.