In Britain A.D. the prehistorian and field archaeologist Francis Pryor explores to effect some of the great origin myths of 'Dark Age' Britain: who were the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons and the Ancient Britons? How real are their legendary leaders such as King Arthur or Hengist and Horsa? How reliable are authors such as Gildas and the Venerable Bede?
It was the racial theories of Victorian Englishmen that gave rise to the myth of Anglo-Saxon conquest in order to prove their own superiority to their so-called 'Celtic' neighbours. Arthur, legendary King of the Britons, was in turn used to prop up the Anglo-Saxon invasion theory. The origins of his story lie in Bronze Age Britain, and Francis Pryor shows that continuity of religious and ceremonial ritual runs from the Bronze Age through to the Middle Ages.
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Francis Pryor is President of the Council for British Archaeology.Review:
Praise for Britain B.C.: 'Francis Pryor has given us a remarkable, imaginative and persuasive account of those other Britons... its enthusiastic and confident approach deserves to be very influential' TLS 'A compulsive narrative intertwining prehistory, the excitement of discovery and personalities. It bounds along, wonderfully enlivened by Pryor's earthy enthusiasm' New Scientist For Seahenge: 'A magnificent book... a vivid story, superbly told. It gives a wonderfully clear explanation of how archaeology works, written in plain language which all can understand and enjoy' Magnus Magnusson 'Most absorbing... a disarmingly down-to-earth delving into lost fragments' Sunday Telegraph 'A fascinating personal odyssey through British prehistory' The Times
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2004. Book Condition: New. 1st. 268 pages. Colour plates. Maps. Drawings. Bought in new. Unread. Edges starting to tan. Black cloth with silver lettering to spine. Near fine in dust jacket sunned from green to blue at front. Bookseller Inventory # 15204
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