Arthur Warrior and King by Don Carleton


People have been looking for the sites of the long-lost and mysterious battles of King Arthur for a thousand years. This book is the result of extensive consultation with experts across academic disciplines.

Much of the history of the time was lost because of some kind of natural catastrophe around AD 540. But the warrior elite, of which Arthur was part, went on to rule what later became known as Wessex, the cradle of the English nation – for which King Arthur became a founding legend.

Don Carleton’s study – arguably the first attempt at an ‘authentic history’ of King Arthur for generations – offers a compelling case for a new location of the long-lost Battle of Badon, King Arthur’s greatest battle.

The king and warrior who emerges from this work will be, to some readers, uncongenial. In this portrait, Arthur appears to have been a wily but amoral, boastful blond Irish raider, unrestrained in his ravaging, who used his battles to carve out a kingdom among the Britons and ended his life as a shambling, incoherent shadow of a warrior, a danger to himself and to everyone around him.


  • Based on research into the Sixth Century supported by academic review
  • Arthur was from Ireland, Guinevere was his mistress not his queen, he died brain-damaged on the Isle of Skye.
  • 34 million Americans of Irish descent will welcome the idea of an Irish Arthur.
  • The author is ex-Bristol University and a former broadcaster and film-maker (BBC and elsewhere).
  • Interest in Arthur continues to inspire film and TV, and Arthurian societies around the world.

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THE AUTHOR Don Carleton is a journalist, broadcaster and film-maker who has worked for the BBC and later became Director of information at Bristol University. Many academic colleagues at the university reviewed the material for this book. He has previously published histories of Bristol University and the Princes Theatre, Bristol. He has also published theatre reviews in national publications, and his translation of Ibsen’s ‘Love’s Comedy’ gained four stars for a London performance reviewed by the Guardian.

RMMRA 2019 Call for Papers


“Sapere videre, Knowing How to See”

Portrait of LeonardoThe Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites proposals for papers and panels at Annual Conference to be held April 11-13 in downtown Denver, Colorado, at the SpringHill Suites Marriott adjacent to the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

In addition to welcoming all paper and session proposals related to Medieval and Renaissance studies across all disciplines, the organizers will be creating a series of panels specifically focused on papers encoding Leonardo da Vinci’s belief in the essentiality of sapere videre on this the 500th anniversary of his death (1452-1519). Walter Isaacson, a recent biographer of Leonardo da Vinci, described Leonardo as the “epitome of the universal mind, one who sought to understand all of creation, including how we fit into it.”

In memory of the great polymath and his many interests in the arts and sciences, we hope to see presented at this conference the widest possible variety of inquiries—historical, artistic, literary, scientific, philosophical, medical, archaeological, pedagogical, scientific, anthropological—that lead participants toward knowing how to see and to understand the period 400-1700, including paper, panel, and roundtable proposals which focus on the process and/or pedagogy of Medieval and Renaissance studies both within and outside of the academy.

The RMMRA is dedicated to creating an inclusive scholarly community. We encourage papers from scholars regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views, military status, (dis)ability, and career paths. Our organization is committed to providing a safe, accessible, harassment-free, and collegial conference experience for all attendees. The RMMRA recognizes and supports the inclusion of diverse scholars from across the academy.

Proposals for panels or abstracts should be submitted through our online portal using MemberPlanet (you will need to sign up as an RMMRA member—conference registration will also be available through MemberPlanet soon!): Questions about the call for proposals or the conference should be directed to

Abstracts are due January 31, 2019. A preliminary schedule will be available via email on 28 February 2019.

Keynote Speaker: TBD

The Conference committee is seeking suggestions for Keynote Speakers!

If you have an idea for an individual in an area of Medieval and/or Renaissance studies whom you think would make an excellent speaker, please send an email to with your suggestion! We are interested in speakers across all disciplines whose work would appeal to a wide audience of medieval and Renaissance scholars.

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Knightfall stars Tom Cullen as the “the courageous and headstrong Templar Knight, Landry”

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