King Arthur’s European Realm

New Evidence from Monmouth’s Primary Sources


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About the Book

What is known of the legendary King Arthur is mostly derived from folklore and literature.  Though the evidence is scant and debated, some scholars support a case for the existence of a historical figure in post–Roman Britain.  However, the starting point for many King Arthur narratives — Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae — does not limit itself to post–Roman Britain.  The more fanciful elements have King Arthur conquering Northern Europe, making his way to Rome.  Unlike most scholars that debate the historicity of Arthur, Paul Sire generously allows Geoffrey of Monmouth a serious approach.  Herein, the author speculates how a historic Arthur could have had a European realm.

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

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