[Full version, pdf, for monochrome screens.] Then Arthur Fought is a possible history centred on a possibly historical figure: Arthur, battle-leader of the dark-age (5th-6th century) Britons against the invading Anglo-Saxons. Written in the style of a medieval chronicle, its events span more than 250 years, and most of Western Europe, all the while respecting known history. Drawing upon hundreds of ancient and medieval texts, Howard Wiseman mixes in his own inventions to forge a unique conception of Arthur and his times. Carefully annotated and hyperlinked, Then Arthur Fought will appeal to anyone interested in dark-age history and legends, or in new frameworks for Arthurian fiction. 438 pages, including Dramatis Personae, genealogies, notes, bibliography, and 20 maps.
Then Arthur Fought is an extraordinary achievement. ... An absorbing introduction to the history and legends of the period [and] ... a fascinating synthesis.
— from the Foreword by Patrick McCormack, author of the Albion trilogy.
A long and lavishly detailed fictional fantasia on the kind of primary source we will never have for the Age of Arthur. ... soaringly intelligent and, most surprising of all, hugely entertaining. It is a stunning achievement, enthusiastically recommended.
— from the Editor's Choice review by Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews Editor.