A More Historically Accurate Retelling of King Arthur

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Authors Stanley A. Stratford and Mariam Naji Salas writes a new book about a less romanticized history of Arthur and his men told through bard.

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There are a number of legends surrounding the great King Arthur, from pulling his sword Excalibur from the stone to his tutelage under the wizard Merlin. However, in A Bard in King Arthur’s Court (published by AuthorHouse), Stanley A. Stratford and his granddaughter, Mariam Naji Salas, aim to retell the beloved Arthurian legends more accurately.

Together, the authors had two objectives. The first was to free the original Arthurian legends from 14th century romanticism. The second was to further define Arthur and his men.

“We wanted to recapture the rugged landscape and the culture of the Celtic warriors at a point in time when their rich culture was changing abruptly due to the influence of the Romans, the spread of Christianity and the changing landscape from nomadic tribes to walled-in cities,” tells Salas.

In A Bard in King Arthur’s Court, Owein, a bard, is acting as both a scribe and a story-teller to Arthur. While being the court entertainer, he tells gallant stories to please the court’s warriors. His real task however is to document Arthur’s own history and his methodology in hopes of preserving a blueprint of Arthur’s vision for the future.

“In truth, despite the great changes society has made since the 6th century, in many ways we are still warriors trying to make sense of the battles life throws at us and trying to grow as people and reach a better plain of understanding,” Salas says.

About the Authors
Mariam Naji Salas is the granddaughter of Stanley A. Stratford; A Bard in King Arthur's Court is their first collaboration. Stanly A. Stratford is president of the Kentucky School of Metaphysics, a lawyer and has been a student of the western tradition for over 30 years. As a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, he established a persona as a sixth century bard and studied Welsh and Saxon Chronicles and folk tales for the role. Mariam Naji Salas was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but was educated in Dubai where she received an M.D. in 2006. Her love for the Arthurian legends began in childhood and when her grandfather related the history behind the legends, her fascination grew.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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