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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]

Historia Brittonum by Nennius (~8th Century) [PDF] [ePub]

The Mabinogion (~1100) [PDF] [ePub]

History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth (~1136) [PDF]

Vita Merlini by Geoffrey of Monmouth (~1150) [PDF]

Four Arthurian Romances by Chretien DeTroyes (~1170)  [PDF] [ePub]

The High History of the Holy Graal (~1200) [PDF] [ePub]

The Romance of Morien (~1250) [PDF] [ePub]

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (~1350)

  • Translated by Jessie L. Weston [PDF]
  • Translated by W. A. Neilson [PDF]

Le Morte Darthur by Thomas Malory (1485)

Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1856)  [PDF] [ePub]

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights by James Knowles (1862) [PDF] [ePub]

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (1889) [PDF] [ePub]

The Tale of Balen by Algernon Charles Swinburne (1896) [PDF] [ePub]

The Story of the Champions of the Round Table by Howard Pyle (1905)  [PDF] [ePub]

The Once and Future King by TH White (1958) [PDF] [ePub]

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1983) [PDF]

Related anthologies that have Arthurian legends in them:

Song and Legend from the Middle Ages [PDF] [ePub]

Legends of the Middle Ages [PDF] [ePub]

Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic [PDF] [ePub]

English Literature for Boys and Girls [PDF] [ePub]

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. 


Posted on 22nd 10月 2011 at 8:30am with 1,567 リアクション
Reblogged From orgyincamelot
Tagged as #la morte d'arthur #the once and future king #those two are the bestttttt
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