Tuesday, 2 July 2013

King Arthur

Presenting King Arthur by Daniel Mersey.

Here is the summary of the book:

Despite his enduring popularity, King Arthur remains the most enigmatic of Britain's legendary heroes. In this new book, author Dan Mersey retells the great stories of Arthur, while exploring the different facets of Arthurian myth, from the numerous, conflicting theories of his historical origin, through the tales of Welsh folklore and Medieval romance, and concluding with an examination of his various portrayals in the modern media. Presented with both classic and newly commissioned artwork, this book is an easy-to-read, yet highly detailed introduction to the complex body of myth and legend that surrounds Britain's greatest hero.

When you talk of Arthurian myth you imagine a book with everything in detailed and layered out before you in perfect chapters. But what we are dealing with here is an 80 paged overview compiled by Daniel Mersey, an overview of sorts to all the text written till now based on these myths or the variety of tales of these myths about that era.

References to the tales of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sir Thomas Malory, the poet Wace, Chr├ętien de Troyes and the like can be seen within these pages of about Arthur, Gwenhwyfar, Lancelot, Gawain, Percival, Galahad, Uther, Merlin, Mordred, Morgan la Fey, Morgause, Agravaine, the Lady of the Lake..... Illustration and painting depicting each period can be found in here too. Even containing a list of further reading material, of films, television series, games and historical sites are also detailed.

"A short and compact overview to the vast subject that is the Arthurian era"

Genre :      Reference, History

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Release Date: 23rd July, 2013

My Copy publisher and netgalley

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)


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