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Reviews - The Battle of Mount Badon, Ambrosius, Arthur and the defence of Britain

Probably what really happened

Thoroughly researched book of the possible King Arthur. Very informative and interesting. I really enjoyed it. Recommended.

Original take on post Roman Britain

I rarely read a book in one day, but I did so with this book. A lot of books about this era get bogged down with dates, names, Bede, Gildas, Geoffrey of Monmouth and all sorts of becomes all too much. But Alistair Hall does such a wonderful job of distilling the facts into layman terms and ideas. The Battle of Mount Badon reminds me a lot of the film Zodiac where Robert Graysmith pretty much solves the zodiac killer mystery not as professional sleuth, but as an amateur detective and he solves the riddle! I got the feeling after reading this that Alistair Hall made a very convincing case for his idea of what transpired. I really loved this book and highly recommend it.


Very interesting. A difficult subject. Still rather unconvinced by Arthur's existence, but the obvious love of the subject matter makes for a very interesting and thought provoking read. Never less than absorbing.

Bringing alternative timelines for Arthur into the mainstream

A book initially picked up with scepticism but in the end thoroughly enjoyed and agreed with most of what was proposed within its pages..... This book I can happily report is a very accessible and readable account of the last year's of the Roman presence in Britain up to the beginning if the 7th century..... The author has clearly not only done his homework in terms of background information but has also looked at the context of the timelines and socio political background during this period. I might not agree with all that the author proposes..... However the authors breadth of knowledge and exuberance for telling a coherent narrative really impressed me. My only other gripe is that the book is possibly too short for me but probably because I enjoyed it so much and wanted to find out more from the author. Thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the dark ages and the possibility of a person known as King Arthur


Classics For All

Reviewed by Rupert Jackson 30-Sep-2021

Most books on early British history focus on a familiar defined period, such as ‘the Roman occupation’, ‘the Anglo-Saxon period’ or ‘the Viking era’. This book is an exception. Its topic is the later years of Roman Britain and the early part of the Anglo-Saxon period.......  Hall develops the theory that King Arthur was a real person, and he led the Britons to victory at the Battle of Badon Hill. He maintains that Arthur’s proper name was Arthwys and that he was the leader who replaced Vortigern. Some readers may find this persuasive. Others may not. Either way, the book is well structured and contains some beautiful photographs. Classicists with an interest in the end of Roman Britain and its aftermath would read this book with enjoyment.

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