Heretic Emperor: The Lost History of King Arthur
Copyright © V M Pickin 2005
Book 1 - The Controversy
Chapter 2 - Britain’s Emperor
Demonstrates that there is evidence for Arthur in the surviving written record. Opens with the academic argument that there is only one historical source for the period, Gildas’ sixth century sermon, which records Badon but not Arthur. Outlines the history of Britain in the fifth century, from Magnus Maximus to Badon, the victory over the Saxon invaders which British tradition ascribes to Arthur. Demonstrates that Gildas’ history is proved wrong on every count where it can be checked against Continental records, but British tradition is vindicated. The British did repulse the Saxons in the late fifth century. Someone must have led them: British tradition names Arthur. Concludes that, since the British war leader is undeniably historical, historians are merely arguing against the name.