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1 Ashe, Geoffrey. FROM CAESAR TO ARTHUR.
London Collins 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- 
320 p, 8 1/2" H. "(A) study of the life and career of the historical King Arthur in so far as it can be traced through early documents and remains. (The author) begins with the decay of Roman power and its slow disappearance from Britain, while invasion, anarchy and warring small kingdoms take its place. Then comes a reversal of fortune without parallel in the dissolving Empire, when a western Christian military chieftain stems the Saxon tide and imposes a long truce. In this unique recovery, it is suggested, lies a previously unnoticed clue to the whole development of the British monarchy. The kingdom finally created by Alfred the Great and his successors turns out to have been decisively affected by the earlier achievement of Arthur and the failure of the first Saxon attempt at conquest. Piecing together his fragments of history to form the most vivid possible whole, Mr. Ashe explains how the great tradition of Arthur flowed into the Arthurian Legend, and shows how that legend, fantastic and romantic as it is, nevertheless embodies a profound historical insight." Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, moderate browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few tiny and small edge tears, a few tiny scuffs on spine, minor edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
IN WINTER'S SHADOW., Bradshaw, Gillian.
2 Bradshaw, Gillian. IN WINTER'S SHADOW.
New York Simon & Schuster 1982 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Fred Marcellino, dust jacket art. 
379 pp, 8 1/2" H. The third volume in the"Down the Long Wind" trilogy. B&w map. "Queen Gwynhwfar, Arthur's adored wife and right hand of Empire, narrates the ageless, poignant story of the fall of fortress Camlann. Spellbound, we watch her drift helplessly into that fatal interlude with Bedwyr, Arthur's warleader and perfect knight, a love affair that - along with the poisonous machinations of Arthur's vengeful bastard, Medraut - could confound their bold vision of a Kingdom of Light." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine/hinges. Dust jacket has light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing, very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Matthews, John. Foreword by Mildred Leake Day. GAWAIN: KNIGHT OF THE GODDESS. RESTORING AN ARCHETYPE.
Wellingborough Aquarian Press 1990 085030783X / 9780850307832 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
208 pp, 9 1/2" H. "Gawain was once the most important knight at Arthur's court, a shining example of all that was best in chivalry at the time. However, as the popularity of the Arthurian romances grew the character of Gawain diminished, leaving him represented as a villain rather than as Champion of the Goddess. How this transformation came about, and the reasons why, are explored here. In this deeply researched volume (Matthews) examines all the known texts relating to Gawain, beginning with early Celtic references and working through the Latin romances and the vivid stories of the Middle Ages, including the famous 'Morte d'Arthur' of Sir Thomas Malory. From these texts the author has rediscovered the original Gawain - a figure of great mythical, magical and historical importance. Gawain's many adventures and several identities are studied in detail, providing a completely fresh and exciting appraisal of the texts in question, and this works adds considerably to our understanding of the Arthurian cycle and Gawain's part in it. It also contains a thorough investigation of the actual site of the famous 'Green Chapel' and the first English translation of the fragmentary medieval text 'The Childhood of Gawain'." Minor wrinkle at top of spine, light browning to edges of text block - migrates into page margins, light remainder mark on bottom of text block, previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, very small printing ink stain in margin of page 169. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has some light wrinkling at top edge, very light rubbing and faint line indents on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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