King Arthur has been an important figure in English literature since singers and story-tellers first described his great exploits in the 6th-century. Of course, the legend of King Arthur has been appropriated by many story-tellers and poets, who have embellished upon the first, most modest tales. Part of the intrigue of the stories, which became part of Arthurian romance, though, is the mixture of myth, adventure, love, enchantment, and tragedy. Read more about it.
King Arthur appears in the literature of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Geoffrey Chaucer, Marie de France, Sir Thomas Malory, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Mark Twain. But, who was he? Who was his queen? And what about the other figures of Arthurian myth and legend: Gawain, Lancelot, Merlin, and Modred?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Read "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," by Mark Twain, which was published in 1889. Travel back in time with this tale. "The question as to whether there is such a thing as divine right of kings is not settled in this book. It was found too difficult."
Age of Chivalry: Legends of King Arthur - Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867)
Read "Age of Chivalry," by Thomas Bulfinch. "Spurious genealogies were invented, in which Arthur and his knights, and Charlemagne and his paladins, were made to derive their descent from AEneas, Hector, or some other of the Trojan heroes."
Morte D'Arthur - Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
Read "Morte D'Arthur," by Lord Alfred Tennyson. "So all day long the noise of battle rolled / Among the mountains by the winter sea; / Until King Arthur's table, man by man, / Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord, / King Arthur..."
The Coming of Arthur - Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
Read "The Coming of Arthur," by Lord Alfred Tennyson. "Leodogran, the King of Cameliard, / Had one fair daughter, and none other child; / And she was the fairest of all flesh on earth, / Guinevere, and in her his one delight."
Arturius - A Quest For Camelot
"The earliest recorded example of the name Arthur in British records occurs as Arturius in Adomnan's 'Life of Columba,' written in the 7th century AD."
How The Story Of Arthur Was Written In English
GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH had written his stories so well, that although he warned people not to write about the British kings, they paid no heed to his warning. Soon many more people began to write about them, and especially about Arthur.
King Arthur - The Beginning Of The Reading Time
Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall writes about King Arthur and Morte d'Arthur.