King Arthur’s European Realm

New Evidence from Monmouth’s Primary Sources


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About the Book

King Arthur was as true as life, as this book proves with documentary evidence. It also incorporates a whole body of new material that shows that Monmouth was, basically, right. The Arthurian legend can be fully rationalized by uncontroversial Insular and Continental sources which trace his birth to ca. AD 449, his departure from his kingdom in 466 and his battles across France. This book’s “Riothamus” does not, however, vanish from history but moves east and, in 476, conquers Rome, much as Monmouth confusingly said. In 489 Arthur’s name appears on an Italian legal document, but by 495 he had returned to Britain to fight his famous Battle of Badon, 14 miles east of Bath. By tracking the history of the Scirians, the conquerors of Rome, through the material culture they left in the towns they settled, this book finds a perfect match with the places mentioned in the “Arthurian Legend.” Use of the right historical records allow the enigma to be untangled clearly.

About the Author(s)

Paul Sire is the president of the English-Speaking Union-Spain and is an e-business consultant. He lives in Madrid, Spain.

Bibliographic Details

Paul Sire
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, 10 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7801-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1301-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi

Preface  1

I—Arthur’s World  5

II—Celtic Sun Over Europe  34

III—The Quest for the “Grail Family”  59

IV—Once and Future Kings  87

V—Ideology and Politics  111

VI—The History of the Clan  132

VII—The Tangled Trail of Evidence  157

Appendix 1: Definitions of Historical Terms  183

Appendix 2: The St. Cyr Villages in Frankish Lands  187

Chapter Notes  191

Bibliography  196

Index  201