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When archaeologists dug up the hill of Cadbury in Somerset, the reputed site of King Arthur’s Camelot, thousands of visitors came to watch. They never saw anything resembling the Camelot of romance. Yet, they kept coming, year after year. Why does Arthur fascinate. In this publication the secretary of the Cadbury Project (himself an authority on the legend) looks for an answer. Drawing on varied researches, and on the insight embodied in William Blake’s symbol of the shadowy ‘Giant Albion’ behind Arthur, he plunges into the psychological depths that underlie the tale of the enchanted King, his city Camelot, his mysterious departure to Avalon, his promised return.

The inquiry starts from the solid facts of Cadbury. But it opens vistas on a strange world of gods and mortals and immemorial yearnings. The same universal dream that created the legendary Arthur is shown reappearing through many centuries, inspiring many thinkers: Blake himself; Virgil, Confucius, Rousseau, Gandhi; even such supposed rationalists as Robert Owne and Lenin.

Geoffrey Ashe author, Book Club Associates 1975, 233pp, h/c, dj with protective mylar cover, b/w photos.

External wear/tear confined to mylar cover, name penned to ffep as well as pencilled price, small area of tape discolouration to top of ffep & pre-title page, spotting/foxing to text block.

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