The Origins of the Arthurian Legend

  title={The Origins of the Arthurian Legend},
  author={G. Ashe},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • G. Ashe
  • Published 1995
  • History
  • Arthuriana
After prolonged debate, the search for the 'historical Arthur' remains inconclusive, because of the nature of the evidence which historians take into account. Possibilities arise, however, from evidence of another kind. Literary inquiry can lead towards historical insight and identify an Arthur-figure who has been noticed at various times, but not adequately considered. 
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