The Long War for Britannia, 367–664
Arthur and the History of Post-Roman Britain
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
400 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 10 mono maps
- January 2024
- In Stock
- December 2021
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
The Long War for Britannia is unique. It recounts some two centuries of ‘lost’ British history, while providing decisive proof that the early records for this period are the very opposite of ‘fake news’. The book shows that the discrepancies in dates claimed by many scholars are illusory. Every early source originally recorded the same events in the same year. It is only the transition to Anno Domini dating centuries afterward that distorts our perceptions.
Of equal significance, the book demonstrates that King Arthur and Uther Pendragon are the very opposite of medieval fantasy. Current scholarly doubts arose from the fact that different British regions had very different memories of post-Roman British rulers. Some remembered Arthur as the ‘Proud Tyrant’, a monarch who plunged the island into civil war. Others recalled him as the British general who saved Britain when all seemed lost. The deeds of Uther Pendragon replicate the victories of the dread Mercian king Penda. These authentic - yet radically different - narratives distort history to this very day.
"For those interested in the history and myths from the Dark Ages, then this book will provide some fresh new ideas that are worth reading about." ~Irregular Magazine
"For anyone with even a passing interest in Dark Age Britain, put this book on ‘ze list’. [A] highly enjoyable and engaging milestone." ~Army Rumour Service
"Having read the author’s previous book “Arthur and the Fall of Roman Britain” I was interested to see if this current book offered new insights or was a re-hash of the former. It certainly keeps to its objective of an historical narrative of the events of post Roman Britain and in particular the Saxon incursions. It provides good research on the variation of dates from the sources and in particular explains the ‘stepping stone’ date theory in a world not graced with common date systems. Inevitably given the sources and the distance in time there must be some element of informed opinion in pulling together the history but it works well to provide a thoroughly good read on what in other hands could have easily become a turgid and tiring work." ~Michael McCarthy, author & naturalist