"The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose." ~ Margaret Atwood

Welcome to Arbroch: Seat of Argyll


Lead Argyll Dove by Kim Headlee

Since the vast body of materials, fact and fiction, that have been inspired over the centuries by the Matter of Britain is second only to the Bible itself, I have come to the conclusion that a "Dark Age" warlord named Arthur must have existed at some point in Britain's history. The theories about who this man might have been, in which century he flourished, and what "really" happened during the period of his military and political influence upon the British landscape are as numerous and varied as the stars. 2nd Argyll Dove by Kim Headlee

The theory I have adopted for use in my novels is that Arthur was a Romano-Celt who, as Dux Britanniarum, commanded the forces defending the territory between the Antonine and Hadrianic walls. From everything I've been able to piece together through several decades of research, the period in which he lived was a chaos of conflicting military, political, religious, social, moral, and cultural agendas. Bringing the cultural clash to Arthur at the most personal level, in DAWNFLIGHT he meets and falls in love with the woman destined to become his soul-mate in the unification of Britain: a Pictish warrior-chieftainess named Gyanhumara of Clan Argyll.

The title of this web page, ARBROCH: Seat of Argyll, is Chieftainess Gyanhumara's home fortress, Arbroch -- which is in reality the Ardoch Roman fort in Perthshire, described in DAWNFLIGHT as having been captured by Gyanhumara's ancestors several generations prior to the opening of the story. Through a series of events to be related in a future novel, Gyanhumara and her clansmen will conquer the territory corresponding to modern-day Argyllshire.

The Pictish-style flying doves, original artwork created by myself, represent Clan Argyll's symbol as shown in the latest edition of DAWNFLIGHT. Other line art in Dawnflight include adaptations from photographs of Pictish standing stones found throughout Scotland, including of the stones on display at the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum in Perthshire, Scotland.



Detail from The Death of King Arthur by James Archer

Index

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Links My favorite Arthurian and related reference sites, blogs, and online articles.

SPAMALOT review My review of Monty Python's SPAMALOT, Opening Weekend on Broadway with Original Cast, including Tim Curry as King Arthur, 19 March 2005.

DOOM OF CAMELOT review Book Review: The Doom of Camelot anthology, edited by James Lowder

HALLOWED ISLE review Book Review: The Hallowed Isle Books I & II by Diana Paxson

CAMELOT review My review of Camelot, starring Robert Goulet, at Wolf Trap Park, Vienna, VA, on September 3, 1998.

Detail from The Death of King Arthur by James Archer

My Favorite Arthurian Sites

Many folks around the world have poured a lot of effort into their Arthurian-related and other research sites & blogs. Here are a few of my favorites. If you have a favorite that's not listed here, find a broken link, or if you have any specific questions, please message me on Facebook!

Revised 28 September 2013

The Death of King Arthur by James Archer