Monday 14 February 2022

Geoffrey Ashe - Greatest Living Englishman - has died

When I was blogging at Albion Awakening with William Wildblood and John Fitzgerald; we once decided to give Geoffrey Ashe our virtual award of 'Greatest Living Englishman'. 

As he was very old, I would do a search every few weeks to check he was still alive - and today I found that he was not; but had died on 30th January, aged 98. 

This important event does not seem to have been noticed by the mass media - but a young friend wrote this delightful tribute

Geoffrey Ashe was generally regarded as the greatest living expert on King Arthur - perhaps the greatest ever. Growing-up in Somerset I was aware of him from my teens, through his work with the archaeologists at the South Cadbury 'hill fort' a few miles away which was suggested as the real-life 'Camelot'. I once visited and walked the steep earth ramparts with my father. 

I have half a bookshelf of Ashe's work, and often consult it. More to the point; several are personal classics that contributed to my fundamental vision of life - Camelot and the Vision of Albion and Mythology of the British Isles are particular favourites. 

The heart of Geoffrey Ashe's writing was the theme of mythology and Albion - the legendary Britain, the country of our hearts. What made Ashe special was the way he combined wide-ranging scholarship with imagination: his learning was in service to a deep and powerful engagement with the fundamentals of life. 


Dave Bagwill said...

A new (to me) author, especially on this subject, is a wonderful surprise! Thanks.

Doktor Jeep said...

Such a loss. But a life well spent perhaps.
Were his books leather bound and of such quality to last a century or three?

Joseph A. said...

Memory eternal!

I never made it to Cadbury Castle in my travels around Britain. It was on my list, but I never got to it. A shame. I did make it to Glastonbury a few times in honor of my patron saint.

I always wondered during my time in Europe whether proximity and easy access to our patrimony deepens Europeans' appreciation for the heritage . . . or whether they come to take it all for granted. Where discovered ruins are just another nuisance that surfaces during development projects . . .