The Age of Arthur : A History of the British Isles Paperback
by John Morris
A lifetime's scholarship enabled John Morris to recreate a past hitherto hidden in myth and mystery.
He describes the Arthurian Age as 'the starting point of future British history', for it saw the transition from Roman Britain to Great Britain, the establishment of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales from the collapse of the Pax Romana.
In exploring political, social, economic, religious and cultural history from the fourth to the seventh century, his theme is one of continuity.
That continuity is embodied in Arthur himself: 'in name he was the last Roman Emperor, but he ruled as the first medieval king.'
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages, 36 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 15/03/2001
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781842124772
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Review by ablueidol
Interesting historical thesis of the transition from roman rule in Britain and the exploration of why dispite the fact that much of the western empire was occupied politically/miltary by "barbariens" the cultural etc breaks with the past was greatest in Britain. The long resistence of the british to the english left them welsh and the english with a civil society that had local authonomy and strong sense of the rights of the indvidual and the roots of a national identity
Review by DinadansFriend
This book is the basic book on King Arthur as a historical personage, as far as I'm concerned (is there an acronym or that ?). While the research is now dated, it is the best book that supports or opposes the currently popular opinion about this shadowy figure. I've lived through several generations of controversy, and John Morris did a fine job of analyzing what was known at his time. A Must-read if you are going to be taken seriously in the current arguments. I have loaned and NOT received back a copy of this book.