King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table appear in ancient myth and legend, but they've also managed to populate the fiction and poetry of more modern times. Read about the long history of the Arthurian legend.
by W. R. J. Barron (Editor). University of Wales Press. This book collects the works by international scholars in a comprehensive study of Arthurian literature from its beginnings to the end of the Middle Ages. Discover the evolutions of Arthurian literature.
by Sir Thomas Malory. Oxford University Press. Sir Thomas Malory's version of the Arthurian legend was first edited and published by William Caxton in 1485. It has become an indispensable part of the literature about King Arthur, his queen, his knights, and his Camelot. Indeed, this work is considered one of the greatest works in English literature.
by Norris J. Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, and Debra N. Mancoff. Garland Publishing. This book is an essential resource to anyone interested in Arthurian literature. From the publisher: "This critical survey of Arthurian history and legend, archaeology, literature, and the arts from the fifth century to the present provides an introduction for the general reader and a useful summary for the specialist."
4. Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romanceby Roger Sherman Loomis. Academy Chicago. From the publisher: "King Arthur was not an Englishman, but a Celtic warrior, according to Roger Sherman Loomis, whose special research into the background of the Arthurian legend has reveled findings which are both illuminating and highly controversial."
5. The Company of Camelot: Arthurian Characters by Charlotte Spivack, and Roberta Lynne Staples. Greenwood Publishing. From the publisher: This book deals with major Arthurian character: Arthur, Guenevere, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, Sir Kay, Gawain, Lancelot, and Mordred. The book discusses "how they have been individually represented in literature..."
6. Arthurian Romances by Chretien De Troyes, William W. Kibler (Designer), and Carleton W. Carroll (Translator). Chretien De Troyes contributed to Arthurian romance, helping to establish its importance in literature his works: "Perceval," "Erec and Enide," "Cligs," Lancelot," and "Yvain."
7. Tennyson: A Selected Editionby Alfred Lord Tennyson. University of California Press. From the publisher: "This is the only fully annotated and comprehensive selection of Tennyson's poetry. It provides teachers, students, and the general reader with an affordable paperback of the central body of the work which the Sunday Telegraph described as the best edition this century of the best poet of the last century."
8. Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthologyby Richard Barber. Boydell & Brewer. From the publisher: "Here for the first time is a single volume which gives the reader an idea of the power and range of Arthurian literature from its beginnings to the present day. Each excerpt is set in its historical and literary context..."
9. The Story of King Arthur and His Knightsby Howard Pyle. Smith, Peter Publishing. Howard Pyle takes us back to the time of King Arthur, retelling the tale of Excalibur, of Arthur's battles, of his love for Guinevere, and more.
10. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. W.W. Norton. From the publisher: "The story of Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American who is accidentally returned to sixth-century England, is a powerful analysis of such issues as monarchy versus democracy and free will versus determinism, but it is also one of Twain's finest comic novels, still fresh and funny after more than 100 years."