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Myths & Legends

KING ARTHUR’S FRENCH ODYSSEY
Marilyn Floyde

King Arthur's French Odyssey in BurgundyThe quest goes on to back up Marilyn Floyde's hypothesis that the legend of King Arthur took place Burgundy. It is a legend that 'has been hidden in the landscape, hidden in French medieval literature and hidden in Celtic history' she says. After a sell-out first edition of the book, King Arthur's French Odyssey has been republished with new discoveries. Floyde challenges Glastonbury's claim to the Isle of Avallon, putting forward her substantive case for the 'island' at Avallon in Burgundy.

There is a new website to compliment the new edition of the book with a photo gallery which aims to provide a detailed visual log of the locations and artifacts mentioned, and to encourage lively discussion and debate challenging those old ideas about King Arthur which have been accepted without question for almost a thousand years. You can order the book online from www.islandofavallon.co.uk or from Amazon.

Part One

1. Introduction

 

2. Geoffrey of Monmouth's Story

According to the earliest written texts Arthur, fabulous King of the Britons, spent a large proportion of his life in France.

 

Geoffrey of Monmouth's account of the life of King Arthur was written in the 12thC.

     

3. Arthur Riothamus

 

4. The Unanswered Questions

Geoffrey Ashe proposes feasible dates for Arthur Riothamus based on exhaustive analyses of all the known texts.

 

Following on from the early sources of information, more and more questions are thrown up.


Part Two - Avallon, What's in a Name?

1. The Beginning, and the End

 

2. About Avallon, Burgundy

There are many aspects of King Arthur’s story that cause controversy. Oddly enough, the one that doesn’t is ‘Avalon’ – the name of Arthur’s last resting place.

 

The origins of Avallon are very ancient. The area has seen continuous habitation since the dawn of time.

     

3. ‘Avalon’ gets hijacked by Britain

 

4. 1191 Glastonbury

Avallon, Burgundy, doesn’t ring any Arthurian bells because since the earliest times, the people of Avallon have been told that their Avallon isn’t in the running.

 

Something very significant happened in 1191. The Glastonbury monks dug up King Arthur and Queen Guinevere in Glastonbury Abbey’s cemetery.

     

5. The French Evidence

   

What did the scribes of the day say on the French side? Here fact and fantasy converge.

   


Part Three - AVALLONNAIS

1. Avallon - The Healing Sanctuary  

2. The Chanson de Geste

Arthur Riothamus, and what was left of his battle-weary troops, made their escape from Bourges (Avaricum), after their defeat by the invading Visigoths.

 

The legend of The Chanson de Geste led to the rediscovery of Les Fontaines Salées.

     

3. The Forges of Avalon

 

4. The Battle of Valbeton

Geoffrey of Monmouth mentions ‘Avalon’ in his History, when he mentions a forge in connection with Arthur’s famous sword, ‘Caliburn’.

 

The Battle of Valbeton began on a beautiful May morning and was fiercely fought between evenly-matched soldiers.

     

5. Hugues de Poitiers

 

6. Rediscovering Les Fontaines Salées

The ‘official’ history of Vézelay is recorded in a Chronicle written between 1140 – 1160 AD as recorded by Hugues de Poitiers.

 

In 1891 a medievalist, Paul Meyer, encouraged his promising student, Léon Mirot to do some field work and verify topography in Girart de Roussillon.

     

7. Avallon - The Poetic Landscape

   

‘Avallonnais’ has an intensely powerful atmosphere, and like Glastonbury, attracts the imaginations of those drawn by spiritual matters – of whatever religion.