The Mammoth Book of King Arthur by Mike Ashley
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The most complete guide ever to the real Arthurian world and the legends that surround it He defeated the Saxons so decisively at the Battle of Badon that he held the Saxon invasion of Britain at bay for at least a generation. He has inspired more stories, books and films than any other historical or legendary figure.

But who was the real King Arthur? Here is the most comprehensive guide to the real Arthurian world and the legends that surround and often obscure it. Sifting fact from fancy, Mike Ashley reveals the originals not only of King Arthur but also of Merlin. Guinevere, Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table - as well as all the major Arthurian sites.

He traces each of the legends as they developed and brilliantly shows how they were later used to inspire major works of art, poetry, fiction and film. There is clear evidence that. The Arthurian legends arose from the exploits of not just one man, but at least three originating in Wales, Scotland and Brittany The true historical Arthur really existed and is distantly related to the present royal family The real Arthur and the real Merlin never knew each other The real Lancelot was not British but was closer to a sixth-century asylum-seeker The Holy Grail legend probably grew out of a cosmic catastrophe that could have destroyed most of civilization
 

About Mike Ashley

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Jacqueline Byrne is a founding partner of Ivy EducationalJacqueline Byrne is a founding partner of Ivy Educational Associates, a test prep and college application consulting Associates, a test prep and college application consulting firm. She provides private tutoring for the verbal SAT, the firm. She provides private tutoring for the verbal SAT, the SAT II Writing exam and the AP and SAT II Literature exams. SAT II Writing exam and the AP and SAT II Literature exams. Michael Ashley's crossword puzzles have appeared in "The Michael Ashley's crossword puzzles have appeared in "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", and "The Wall StreetNew York Times", "The Washington Post", and "The Wall Street Journal" He has been a contributor to "GAMES Magazine" for Journal" He has been a contributor to "GAMES Magazine" for 25 years. 25 years. Mike Ashley is a renowned expert in the world of science fiction and fantasy literature. He received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award in 2002 for lifetime achievement in science fiction research. He has written many books, including "A Brief History of King Arthur" (Robinson, 2010); "Taking Liberties" (British Library, 2008); "Gateways to Forever" (Liverpool University Press, 2007); "The Age of Storytellers" (British Library, 2006); "Transformations "(Liverpool University Press, 2005); and "Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Story of Algernon Blackwood" (Constable, 2001).
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Robinson. 640 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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