Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms

Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms

Alistair Moffat / Jul 18, 2019

Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms What began as a short history of Kelso a small town in the Scottish borders soon became a romantic search for the elusive Arthur In a book which argues that previous scholars have been looking in th

  • Title: Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms
  • Author: Alistair Moffat
  • ISBN: 9780753810743
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • What began as a short history of Kelso, a small town in the Scottish borders, soon became a romantic search for the elusive Arthur In a book which argues that previous scholars have been looking in the wrong place, Moffat identifies Arthur as a cavalry general of a Welsh speaking southern Scottish tribe Through archaeology, documentary and place name evidence, Moffat weaWhat began as a short history of Kelso, a small town in the Scottish borders, soon became a romantic search for the elusive Arthur In a book which argues that previous scholars have been looking in the wrong place, Moffat identifies Arthur as a cavalry general of a Welsh speaking southern Scottish tribe Through archaeology, documentary and place name evidence, Moffat weaves a history of this truly British hero and asks whether the real Camelot is to be found in the borders of Scotland.

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      • Alistair Moffat

        Alistair Moffat is an award winning writer, historian and former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television.Moffat was educated at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Medieval History He is the founder of the Borders Book Festival and Co Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland.


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    1. Interesting to read, and I was quite willing to be convinced here -- I was already aware of the Strathclyde Welsh speakers, as they turn up in an Anglo-Saxon poem I translated. And it'd be much less annoying for Arthur to prove to be Scottish than English, and an argument I've seen elsewhere.Moffat relies on place names and folk memories, though, which is dubious ground -- look at the proliferation of places that claim to have to do with Robin Hood, or indeed all the places in Wales and Cornwall [...]


    2. It has taken me longer to read this book than any other I have read. Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms has so much new information in it as well as a bibliography in the back. Which leads one to have several pieces of paper stuck in Moffat's book and a separate sheet of paper for notes on the other books. This book was amazing. I was dumbstruck in several places. Moffat shatters all existing assumptions about Britain’s most enigmatic hero. With reference to literary sources and historical documents [...]


    3. Brilliant. Infuriating. Early in the book, Moffat sets up a mystery: on a statue in the town of Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, there's an inscription which is said to be connected to the warcry of the men of the town during the Battle of Flodden. Teribus ye teri odin! Moffat suggests it is from Old Welsh and means the land of death, the land of Odin. Towards the end of the book, having made his point about Welsh as the original language of the Borders, he briefly returns to this phrase and poi [...]


    4. Thank goodness these "lost" kingdoms are not "holy" kingdoms, as is claimed by conspiracy theorists from southeast Wales! At least we don't have to suffer a rant about secret histories suppressed by the ignorant English and the arrogant establishment familiar from similar "histories", "true" stories and "final" discoveries.Instead, the major part of this book is given over to a study of the area between the Walls, both Antonine and Hadrianic, before, during and after the Roman occupation of Brit [...]


    5. Fascinating dissection of place-names and language used to identify the person and history of Arthur. He argues (persuasively to me) that Arthur was not based in the south of England but along the Scottish border. He identifies the real "Camelot," even. Written by an educated layman instead of a specialist, and accessible if at times a bit dry.


    6. I like everything Arthurian. This is a new theory that the real Authur may have belonged to northwestern Briton. His evidence is convincing. His theory seems pretty sound. Worth a look no matter your view.


    7. Arthur and the last kingdom by Alistair MoffattI like this book because of the raw research done , its down to earth reality about the pictish-celts What really happened and how in the war like society , recorded moment left on trees rocks etc The ogham-alphabet. In Scottish Gaelic or Irish Gallic , the list of chippers so how true is that when we consider history , philosophy, religion, literature. Other have said that some if the books in have reviewed the books have been hard to understandThe [...]


    8. OverviewThis is an interesting book about the placement of Arthur within Britain. Although the legends and barely touched upon you do get a good sense of the world that Arthur has grown from. However, there were parts of this book while interesting didn't seem to have much to do with Arthur until later on in the book. Which is obviously the author's choice but at times it was slightly irritating. It is nice to hear some of the history about Southern Scotland. I live and have grown up in the High [...]


    9. This was a book that I really enjoyed. It deals with history that mainstream historians might ignore. Did Arthur really exist?The authour looks at the history of England in a period that is difficult to study, the dark ages. There was nothing written down by the Celts. All we can go on is what the Romans tell us and what archeology tells us. The author takes it a step further by studying the place names and connecting them with Celtic origins. I found this to be a interesting approach. The autho [...]


    10. This book was fairly easy to read and told about more than just the legend of King Arthur. I learned many things about the names of places in Scotland and how those place names have changed over time and languages. This book also gave me much information about holiday traditions and their origins. I thought it was a bit more about places than Arthur, but it was very informative and enjoyable. There is so much rich history that comes from Scotland that I didn't even know about. This book shed lig [...]


    11. "King" Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table was a highly romanticized creation attached centuries later to an ancient British war leader. Moffat speculates entertainingly and plausibly about who the real Arthur was and what he did that caused him to be so long remembered and revered. Reliable written sources are almost non-existent, so the author explores placenames, and their history and meaning, as a means to discovery. Fascinating.


    12. An interesting read but somewhat academically unsound, as he relies on some disputed readings of Y Gododdin and other works which have been debated for years, as well as some dubious translations of placenames. I don't think he proves his case entirely but it does give some food for thought.The background to the period makes for useful reading and it certainly increased my desire to find out more about the period. From that point of view, it was worthwhile.


    13. I liked this book it wasn't so much about king Arthur as I had expected but interesting non the less . It was more about the history of the Welsh people and the Scots and How they were intermingled along the borders having been driven by invaders to the woodlands . The writer shows prove of this by language similarities and old rites involving horses and burials


    14. A great place to start learning about the historical Arthur. Mr. Moffat gives a fascinating picture of Kelso, the Borders, and Arthurian Britain that kickstarted a personal obsession that has lasted me through high school and college. Highly recommended.



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