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Finding Camlann

A Novel
Pidgeon, Sean (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Finding Camlann
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Despite the wealth of scholarship that pretends to offer proof, archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that a real King Arthur ever existed. Still, the great popular tales spun by medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and embroidered by Chr tien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and so many others, must have found their inspiration somewhere. A dramatic archaeological find at Stonehenge and the rediscovery of an old Welsh battle poem, buried among the manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, open up enticing--and misleading--new possibilities. When the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a linguist working on the Oxford English Dictionary, joins Donald on the trail of clues, their fervent enthusiasms, unusual gifts, and unfulfilled yearnings prove a combustible mix. Their impassioned search for truths buried deep in the past, amid the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, must ultimately transform them--and all our understandings of the origins of Arthur.--
Authors: Pidgeon, Sean
Title: Finding Camlann
a novel
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 350 pages :,map ;,24 cm
Summary: Despite the wealth of scholarship that pretends to offer proof, archaeologist Donald Gladstone knows there is no solid evidence that a real King Arthur ever existed. Still, the great popular tales spun by medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth, and embroidered by Chr tien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and so many others, must have found their inspiration somewhere. A dramatic archaeological find at Stonehenge and the rediscovery of an old Welsh battle poem, buried among the manuscripts of the Bodleian Library, open up enticing--and misleading--new possibilities. When the beguiling Julia Llewellyn, a linguist working on the Oxford English Dictionary, joins Donald on the trail of clues, their fervent enthusiasms, unusual gifts, and unfulfilled yearnings prove a combustible mix. Their impassioned search for truths buried deep in the past, amid the secret places and half-forgotten legends of the British countryside, must ultimately transform them--and all our understandings of the origins of Arthur.--
Alternate Title: Finding Camlann
ISBN: 0393240150
9780393240153
Statement of Responsibility: Sean Pidgeon
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Fiction Mythology, British Fiction Linguists Fiction Archaeologists Fiction Arthur, King Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Mythology, British
Linguists
Archaeologists
LCCN: 2012036044
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Good thing I'm already interested in Wales & the Arthurian mythos. Wooden in a bad way that wouldn't draw in newcomers.

Unfortunately I agree with this reviewer

"A disappointing example of how thorough research can hobble a novel."(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2012)

Feb 04, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fascinating premise -- an archealogist and a linguist are on a quest to find out more about Arthur -- and also fall in love. There are several layers of history being examined -- pre-history in Britain, the failed Welsh rebellions, and the history of the main characters and their families. Unfortunately, the author can't quite pull it all together credibly, but his learned storytelling is still worth indulging in.

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