The King Arthur Conspiracy: How a Scottish Prince Became a Mythical Hero

Written by Simon Andrew Stirling
Review by Anne Clinard Barnhill

In The King Arthur Conspiracy, Simon Stirling traces the legend of the British king back to Scottish and Welsh early literature to uncover or rediscover the ‘real’ Arthur. Relying on new translations as well as songs and poetry, Stirling makes a good case for the man, Arthur, being a Scottish prince who led the fight against invading Germanic tribes including the Jutes, Angles and Saxons. This is a meticulously researched book drawing on an impressive array of sources. It includes many old legends, including Beowulf. By tying together these sources, Stirling makes his case. This scholarly book would be useful to anyone making a deep study of the Arthurian legend and is a fine addition to the canon of books about the once and future king.