King Arthur
By Christoper Hibbert
Tempus £12.99
FT bookshop price:£10.39

Born around the year 475 to a West Country family and given the name Artorius, “King Arthur” went on to become the leader of British kings and fought invaders right across the land. This charmingly written book gives a detailed account of the literature, legend and known facts about the man who pulled the sword from the stone. Discussing the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sir Thomas Malory along with the conventions of courtly love and combat, Hibbert sets the literary traditions against the history of early Britain and the decline of the Roman Empire. Enthusiastic in its delivery, but not afraid to delve into the scholarly disputes around Latin etymology and the excavation of “Camelot” in Somerset, this book serves as a solid introduction to the life and myth of the “Warrior King”.

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