LOST TOMB OF KING ARTHUR: The Search for Camelot and the Isle of Avalon
Many scholars regard Arthur and his fabled city of Camelot simply as myth. But, as Phillips shows through a wealth of literary and scientific evidence, King Arthur was a real man, Camelot a real place, and the legendary Excalibur a real sword--and Phillips has located them all. He examines the earliest stories of Arthur as well as previously unknown ancient manuscripts preserved in the vaults of the British Library in London to pinpoint the exact locations of Arthur's tomb, the ruins of Camelot, and the sword Excalibur. He reveals the mythic king as the real-life leader Owain Ddantgwyn, who united the British to repel invasion from Germany around AD 500. Working with specialist divers and marine archaeologists, he surveys the depths of an ancient lake in the English countryside to reveal the resting place of Excalibur. Enlisting a team of scientists and sophisticated geophysics equipment, he uncovers the lost grave of the historical King Arthur, buried with his shield, just as told in legend.
6X9 P/B, 296 pp., 8-pg. color insert & 27 B&W Illus.