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  The Discovery of King Arthur

Geoffrey Ashe

 
 

  The Quest for Arthur's Britain

Geoffrey Ashe (Editor)
Reviews
Midwest Book Review
Most scholars now regard the legendary Arthur's reality as probable and accept "Arthurian Britain" as a meaningful historical term. Solid facts have emerged through the recent work of archaeologists. The Quest For Arthur's Britain examines the historical foundations of the Arthurian tradition, and then, in five archaeological chapters, presents the results of excavations to date at Cadbury (reputed site of Camelot), Tintagel, Glastonbury, and less-known places. An outline of Arthurian Britain takes shape, and several fascinating questions emerge. Were the Dark Ages in Britain a transitory, unimportant period? Or did the Celtic resistance against the Anglo-Saxons (a resistance identified with Arthur) have a profound effect on the development of the British Isles? The Quest For Arthur's Britain is a serious and informative work of scholarship that reads as smoothly as the finest fiction.
 

  Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

John Steinbeck
Reviews
I have owned this book for years and years - ever since I first discovered it in my father's study and took it upstairs to my room to read. It is a wonderful introduction to the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. A Classic.
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Huathe, The Sacred Fire
 

  Once and Future King

Terence Hanbury White
Thomas A. Cahill
Reviews
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature , April 1, 1995
Quartet of novels by T.H. White, published in a single volume in 1958. The quartet comprises The Sword in the Stone (1938), The Queen of Air and Darkness--first published as The Witch in the Wood (1939)--The Ill-Made Knight (1940), and The Candle in the Wind (published in the composite volume, 1958). The series is a retelling of the Arthurian legend, from Arthur's birth to the end of his reign, and is based largely on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur. After White's death, a conclusion to The Once and Future King was found among his papers; it was published in 1977 as The Book of Merlyn.

Synopsis
A novel about the court of King Arthur, which was the basis for the movie "Camelot".

Synopsis
The world's greatest fantasy classic is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot, of Merlyn and Guinevere, of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.

 

  Chronicles of King Arthur

Andrea Hopkins (Editor)
Reviews
Synopsis
An illustrated compendium of Arthurian legend draws on the romance masterpieces of Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chre+a7tien de Troyes, and Sir Thomas Malory to recount the myths of Arthur and his knights of the Round Table.

Synopsis
In this magnificent treasure trove of medieval Arthurian legend, Hopkins brings to life the great medieval story-cycle known as the Matter of Britain, drawing on the romance masterpieces of such writers as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, and Sir Thomas Malory. Lavishly illustrated with illuminated manuscripts, woodcuts, paintings, and sculptures.

The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has held readers spellbound for some eight hundred years. It is the essence of romance: a mythical world of heroes and noble deeds, of chivalry and magic, of quests for love and honor. Yet it is a world containing the seeds of its own destruction. In Chronicles of King Arthur, Andrea Hopkins brings to life the great medeval story-cycle known as the Matter of Britain, drawing on the romance masterpieces of such writers as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sir Thomas Malory, and Chretien de Troyes. She recounts the myths of Arthur and his knights in the authentic voices of the medieval authors. Brimming with art from illuminated manuscripts, woodcuts, paintings, and sculptures, supported by boxed essays focusing on the archetypal historical, literary, and legendary background, Chronicles of King Arthur is a rich tapestry of language and imagery, a delight for anyone who again wants to read these great captivating myths of the Western world.

 

  The Child Queen : The Tale of Guinevere and King Arthur

Nancy McKenzie
Reviews
Book Description
The story of a love and a treachery that would live for all time. Guinevere and Arthur. Lancelot and Merlin and Morgan Le Fay -- all the names of myth are given flesh and blood in this Del Rey Discovery of the Year book!

Synopsis
A strong, intelligent, and complex Guinevere lives out the fate pronounced upon her at birth and becomes the greatest lady in the land, betrothed to the brave King Arthur--but also becomes a betrayer and a victim of betrayal.

Synopsis
The Del Rey Discovery of the year is a dazzling new novel of the Arthurian legend--in the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon. Prophesied by a wise woman is the story of the great lady's betrayal. Here, an imaginative new voice reveals Guinevere's intelligence and complexities. Original.

 


  The Arthurian Saga

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment
The Wicked Day

Mary Stewart
Reviews
Book Description
Mary Stewart tells the Arthurian legend in her own unique way, bringing to life one of the world's greatest legends and mysteries, shedding a fascinating new light on the turbulence and mystery of fifth-century Britain. An enthralling work, Ms. Stewart once again reveals those qualities of suspense and romantic adventure that have made her one of the world's most widely read novelists.

"A master storyteller."

From the Publisher
If you haven't read Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga, you don't know what you're missing. They are must reads for any romance reader, for any lover of Arthurian legend, for any history buff, for any voracious reader, and may be the books to get non-readers started. Basically, they should be read by everyone! Mary Stewart's research for these books is phenomenal. Her understanding of myth and its relationship to fact is remarkable. The books are complex, yet incredibly inviting and you will absolutely love the characters. They also weave together so beautifully that you won't be able to read only one. Two things I find particularly interesting in this series is the portrayal of Arthur and the fall of Camelot. Arthur represents all of humanity in these books as opposed to the more mythical figure you usually see. And the fall of Camelot is more internal rather than external--more about the passions and lusts in the heart rather than a more obvious loss of power. The books go in this order: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day. Shauna Summers, Senior Editor

 

  The Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends

Ronan Coghlan
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Synopsis
Coghlan, an acknowledged authority on the Celtic tradition, has drawn together all the different strands of Arthurian myth from such various sources as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Chretian de Troyes, and the English Gawain cycles. He examines every character appearing in the myths in this comprehensive book on the Arthurian tales. Full-page illustrations and period maps.
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