Love, betrayal, incest, adultery, idealism, chivalry, sorcerers, knights, Christians, Pagans… it’s all right here. From the very beginning of its creation all the way to a modern feminist retelling, I’ve tried to collect an extensive history of the Arthurian legend. This is in no way a full account but it’s a good start.
De Excidio Brittonum by Gildas (~540) [PDF]
History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth (~1136) [PDF]
Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Monmouth (~1150) [PDF]
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (~1350)
Le Morte Darthur by Thomas Malory (1485)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1983) [PDF]
Related anthologies that have Arthurian legends in them:
I’m also including The Romance of Tristan and Iseult [PDF] [ePub] While technically not an Arthurian legend, it has many of the same themes and the story of Lancelot and Guinevere has strong roots from this tale.
Did you know… There’s been a naming tradition in my family since the 1190s to give a child, regardless of gender, the middle name Lancelot? It just seems odd to me. I understand he is a fictional character but… the coincidence is just too interesting.