King Arthur – Man, Myth … or Both? – eBook Update

27 Apr

This ebook (or rather four ebooks in one) started life as several lengthy blogs on this blogsite.

In these I shared thoughts and my approach to looking for an ‘original’ Arthur. This I was doing for a screenplay I’m currently working on. I’ve written three already but haven’t been totally happy with any of them, so I went back to basics and did more research. The result was a blog entitled, ‘In Search Of The ‘Original’ King Arthur’. Following this I wrote, ‘King Arthur – Man, Myth … or Both?’ However, prior to these were blogs called: ‘dux erat bellorum’, ‘King Arthur – Provincial Dux, Comes or Tribunus?’ and ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Front?’. It is these works that make up the four parts of this ebook, which can be taken individually or as a whole.

Considering how little information there is on a pre-Galfridian Arthur (before Geoffrey of Monmouth of the Early-12th century) it’s hard to know how anyone can write a lengthy book about him. I’ve often thought the same, yet here I am with over 83,000 words on the subject! Of course, many of those words are not mine and are the quotes of others. Added to this, this particular work is as much about the early mythology surrounding Arthur as well as the period in general in which he (if he existed) and the other known historical Arthurs lived: 5th to 7th centuries. There is also the problem of having to explore the many varying theories and arguments surrounding the subject, as well as, at times, going into the land of speculation and, some might say ‘fiction’ as one comes up with possible models to explain certain theories. Since the blogs that make up this ebook were inspired by a screenplay idea I needed to do this in order to explore these things as I couldn’t just leave possibilities hanging in the air. I am all too aware that they are merely theories and ideas, and I hope no one out there thinks of quoting them as fact. They are not. This is no ‘Arthur – The Real Man … No Honestly, It’s The Absolute Truth, I’ve Found Him’ book!

I have been editing and adding material to the original blogs as I’ve been going along and I will put these improvements back into the blogs in the near future. I still have a ways to go in completing the ebook, as well as deciding on the title, but I hope to have it on Sribd by the end of May.

Below is a link to the first 21 pages of the ebook. I would be very interested to read any comments. (As yet, this isn’t edited or proofread).


Many thanks,


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4 responses to “King Arthur – Man, Myth … or Both? – eBook Update

  1. Alex Jones

    May 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I have been following the King Arthur myth as well. I have zoned in on Riothamus, and slowly have been piecing together what has been going on from there.

    If you read the Welsh material carefully it will reveal a guy who had caused a great hope, but also anger and disappointment. The Celtic tradition uses symbolism that is highly critical of Arthur.

  2. badonicus

    May 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I’m not a fan of Riothamus=Arthur and a look at my blogs will tell you why, but I can understand the attraction.

    It depends on which Welsh material you’re referring to as he’s depicted in different ways at different times depending on the political, religious and cultural situation. The Arthur before Geoffrey of Monmouth is a different one to the one after him and the saints’ Lives had their own adendas. The Triads change over the centuries and the early stories such as Culhwch ac Olwen and Prieddeu Annwn depict another Arthur again, different from the one in the Historia Britonnum. He’s completely missing from the 10th C Armes Prydein and there are a number of possible explanation for that. All very fascinating, isn’t it.

    Thanks for the comment.

    • Alex Jones

      May 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Arthur is a delightful historical puzzle, the food for many different interpretations. I will be reading your blogs with interest.

  3. badonicus

    May 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks Alex. I will be updating many of them soon as I have done some expanding and editing of them for the ebook.


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