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Arthur and the Fall of Roman Britain
This is the first genuine narrative history for fifth century Britain. The author
demonstrates that the only real explanation for the extant evidence is that a powerful
military ruler known as the Dux Bellorum dominated Post-Roman Britain for two decades.
Known variously as “the Proud Tyrant,” Arthur and Riothamus, his reign had a decisive
influence on all subsequent British History.
The author’s thesis is based on an exhaustive re-examination of the earliest sources.
It shows that our earliest source, the sixth century writer Gildas, tells us precisely
who the Arthur of legend really was. Moreover it demonstrates that such sources as
the Historia Brittonum and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle—long considered unreliable by
scholars—actually derive from an accurate chronology for fifth century Britain.
At the book’s core is the argument that the most important issue for fifth century
Britons was the sea-borne threat from several barbarian peoples. It shows how ‘the
Proud Tyrant’ was able to first bring security through alliances with Britain’s maritime
foes, and then to launch powerful naval expeditions against Ireland, Scotland, and
Gaul. It was the failure of the last and greatest of these in 469 that would bring
about the Saxon Revolt--the fall of Post-Roman Britain. Most remarkably, the book
proves that a report of the ‘Dux Bellorum’s’ death at the ‘Ford of Afael’ (near the
Isle of Thanet in Kent) is really the historical version of Arthur’s legendary death
near the Isle of Avalon.