Heretic Emperor: The Lost History of King Arthur
Copyright © V M Pickin 2005
Book 1 - The Controversy
Chapter 4 - Forbidden Histories
Demonstrates the anti-Celtic bias which underlies the ejection of Arthur from history. Argues that the winners write history and determine what record survives, and that historians are biased towards this winners history and reluctant to admit new evidence which contradicts it. Shows the denigration of pre-Roman British culture, specifically the druids, is not an honest deduction from all the evidence available. Puts Geoffrey’s book into its historical context, the 12th century Papal Reformation and its aggressive expansion into the Celtic Fringe. Shows Geoffrey’s history was counter-propaganda directed against the Reformers, and that so far from being dishonest it is actually a satire and a valid historical analysis - it demolishes the apparent evidence of Gildas against Arthur’s existence. Argues the Dark Age historians’ contempt for the Arthurian legend and its creators blinds them to the significance of its sudden European popularity - the history of the defeated raised to prominence almost overnight. Concludes that to understand the period of British dominion over Britain, we cannot ignore the evidence the defeated did manage to pass down to us: If it is mostly legendary, then we must study the legend.