King Arthur, Paperback Book

King Arthur Paperback

Illustrated by Alan (Illustrator) Lathwell

Part of the Myths and Legends series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


From his court at Camelot, King Arthur ruled over a unified Britain in a mythical age of peace and prosperity.

His glory, however, would be short-lived. For even as he drew the sword from the stone, a doom settled over Arthur that would see his kingdom fall to betrayal and war.

In this book, Daniel Mersey retells the great stories of Arthur, from his winning of Excalibur and his marriage to Guinevere, through his battle with the giant in France and his war against the army of Rome to the treachery of Mordred and his death at Camlann.

Supporting this narrative is an exploration of the different facets of Arthurian myth, including the numerous conflicting theories of his historical origin, the tales of Welsh folklore and Medieval romance, and even 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80 pages, 12 b/w; 1 col
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781780967233

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A good introduction to all things King Arthur. This work is a great selection for a younger audience just starting out with Arthurian history, legends, and myths. There's even a helpful section on literature, film, places associated with Arthur.Net Galley Feedback[author:Daniel Mersey|646714][book:King Arthur|17883829]

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I was curious about this when I saw it on Netgalley, since this is obviously my area of expertise. (Well, obvious to anyone who knows me well enough to have followed my academic interests... so not quite obvious, really.) It's a fairly broad overview of the tradition, and therefore correspondingly shallow, but useful enough for a beginner, and illustrated with various different paintings, stills, etc, that relate to the content.Mersey and I don't always agree on the important points about any given text, but that's to be expected.I'd probably give this a higher star rating if I were a casual reader, but all my ratings are according to personal enjoyment, so I won't give it more.

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