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From tittle at Thu Feb 20 13:36:34 1997

Date: 15 Feb 1997 10:28:01 GMT

From: Cindy Tittle Moore

Newsgroups: rec.arts.books, alt.mythology, alt.answers, rec.answers,


Subject: Arthurian Booklist (rec.arts.books)

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Last-modified: 12 Dec 1996


This is a reading list involving the Arthurian legend. For its

original inception, I would like to thank the readers of the old

Camelot mailing list (no longer in circulation). I wrote a good many

of the original reviews when I was a member, but since then a number

of people have submitted additional references for inclusion into this

list. The very latest copy of this file may be found at the above

listed URL.

There are a number of very obscure references in here, especially with

respect to historic works and research. Check out your library's

Interlibrary Loan: chances are that you'll be able to get ahold of a

reference this way even if your local library itself doesn't have it.

Talk to the librarian! That's what they are there for!

My criterion for these books is that it be concerned with the Arthur

legend in some way. I have several categories:

* Fiction: novelizations of the Camelot legend, or novels that use

significant elements of the legend.

* Poetry: poetic renditions of the legend.

* Non-Fiction and research: includes research into the origin of the

legends, speculation on who the original characters might have

been, studies and critiques of medieval sources, literary

criticism, etc.

* Medieval and Early Texts: original or modern translations of texts

written before 16th century or so (an arbitrary divison point I


* Periodicals: references that appear in magazines and articles.

These are typically research notes.

* Arthurian references: novelizations that use the legend in a minor

way or as secondary characters.

* Celtic Fiction: reworkings (novelizations) of traditional Celtic

stories. I suppose I could have a category for research into

celtic fiction, but the ones I consider relevant are in the

non-fiction and research section above.

* Organizations: finally, I provide a list of organizations dealing

with the Camelot legend. This is not exhaustive; in fact, it's

rather incomplete and I would love more information.

In general, related stories are acceptable (such as Tristam and

Iseult). Stories in other time periods are acceptable as long as they

still center on the Arthur myth (Kennealy's Hawk's Gray Feather) or

are talking about his return (Sir Machinery and others). References to

Arthurian elements are also acceptable, but I do not put all of them

in (a complete listing would be very large!); only the ones that seem

interesting. The Celtic works are included, because many of them

apparently provide an early genesis for the Arthurian stories, and

others are stories derived from minor characters in the Arthurian

stories (or perhaps the other way around, characters from well known

stories got honorable mention in these later stories --- who can


Disclaimer: I have not vouched for the accuracy of each and every

entry in this list. If you find mistakes or have additional

information on a reference, by all means, let me know. I likewise

appreciate any additions to this list. Send them to the addresses at

the end of this posting.

Also please note that for some books their mere inclusion into this

bibliography constitutes a spoiler of sorts. Don't say you haven't

been warned!

Thanks to: Kurt Anderson, Shannon Appel (of the now defunct Camelot

mailing list), Ed Aubry, Landen Bain, Richard Barber, Ron Bean, Leanne

Bereznak, Wendy Betts, John Brannick, Mike Castle, Peter Chubb, Ben

Cohen, Denis Constales, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, Peter Davis, James Drew,

Gary D. Duzan, Harry Erwin, A.T. Fear, Scott Federhen, Margaret Martin

Gardiner, Roger Gardiner, Susan Gere, Todd Goldberg, Mark Edward

Harris, Steve Hartwell, Cameron Hayne, Sandra Hereld, Peter Janes, Tim

Johnson, Ray Kaiser, Peter Kumaschow, Jane Lean, Grace Lee, David

Lester, David Librik, Dave Linton, William D.B. Loos, Linda Malcor,

Melchar, Kevin McGuire, Alex Martelli, Francis Muir, Rick Myers,

Patrick Nielsen-Hayden, Terry O'Brien, Lisa Padol, Kimberly

Passarella, Robert Paulsen, Charles Power, Craig Presson, Stephen

Reimer, David Salley, Dale Schierbeck, William Smith, Steve Thomas,

Scott Vandenbe, Peter Van Heusden, Janet Walz, Nick Westgate, Tom

Wicklund, Darren Williams, Jean Wilson, Mary Winters, Erick "a six

foot hobbit," and MJ aka "classic bitch" for their help in putting

this list together.

This compilation is Copyright 1994-1996 by Cindy Tittle Moore. All

rights reserved.


Table of Contents
* Fiction

* Poetry

* Non-fiction and research

* Medieval and early texts

* Periodicals

* Arthurian references (fictional)

* Celtic fiction

* Organizations


Arthur Sex #7: The Erotic Adventures of King Arthur. Castle of Ill

Repute: Part one of two. This is a comic book. More issues? It is

actually fairly faithful to Malory. Unsure whom to credit.

The Romance of King Arthur (Mayflower, 1979. Reprint of 1917 Edition.

ISBN 08317-7460-6.)

ab Hugh, Dafydd. Arthur War Lord (Avon Books, 1994. ISBN

0-380-77028-8.) Part one of two. Two present day people find

themselves catapulted back in time, replaying events at Camelot with

history at stake.

Anderson, Poul. Three Hearts and Three Lions. Riverdale: Baen

Publishing Enterprises, 1993 (First published 1953).

Ashe, Geoffrey. The Finger and the Moon. St. Albans: Panther Books,

1975 (First published: Great Britain: William Heinemann, 1973).

Geoffrey makes himself a character in this one. He organizes a

ritual/play based on the Grail myth. (There's more to it than that, of


Ashley, Mike, The Pendragon Chronicles (Peter Bedrick Books, New York,

1991. ISBN 0-87226-228-6. paperback.) Anthology includes stories by

Andre Norton, John Steinback and Jane Yolen.

Ashley, Mike. The Camelot Chronicles. New York: Caroll & Graf

Publishers, 1992. Another anthology by the author of The Pendragon

Chronicles. Van Asten, Gail. The Blind Knight. New York: Ace Books,


Attanasio, A. A. Kingdom of the Grail. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

Barthelme, Donald. The King. New York, London, Victoria, Toronto,

Auckland: Penguin Books: 1992 (First published in the USA by Harper &

Row, 1990).

Berger, Thomas, Arthur Rex. This retelling of the Arthur legend is

somewhat reminiscent of the movie "Excalibur" in feel.

Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Berkley Publishing

Group, 1992 (First published: 1991). Bond, Nancy. A String in the

Harp. New York: Penguin Books, 1987 (First published by Atheneum in


Borowsky, Marvin, The Queen's Knight (Random House, New York, 1955 -

probably out of print). An interesting Arthur, who begins as a

middle-aged bumpkin, crowned to be a puppet to a group of regents. All

in all, this novel is somewhat uneven but quite readable.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Mists of Avalon (Del Rey. Ballantine

Books, New York, 1982. ISBN 0-345-35049-9. Hardcover and trade

paperback.) A female oriented and positive rendition of the Arthurian

legend. Considerably more sympathetic to pagan religions (although

depicted as modern neopaganism) than to Christianity.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Forest House. Prequel to the Mists of

Avalon. Penguin Books, 1995. ISBN 0-670-84454-3 (hc) 0-451-45424-3


Bradshaw, Gillian, Hawk of May, Kingdom of Summer, In Winter's Shadow

(Menthuen Paperbacks, Great Britain also Signet Books, 1980 also

hardcover by Simon and Schuster.) The first book is the story of

Gwalchmai, one of Arthur's Knights; the last is told by Guinevere.

Down the Long Wind is the single book volume version of the three


Bulfinch, Thomas, Age of Chivalry: or, King Arthur and His Knights

(John D. Morris, Philadelphia, 1898, many reprints). Published in

their own right, also found in Bulfinch's. Contains long summaries of

the Camelot legends and of the French Charlemagne legends.

Burnham, Jeremy, and Trevor Ray. Raven. London: Corgi Books/Carousel,


Cabell, James Branch. Jurgen, a Comedy of Justice. 1919.

Canning, Victor. The Crimson Chalice. Originally published as La

Leggenda del Calice Cremisi. Translated by Patrizia Rognoni, Codice

Libro 22 006 CN, Casa Editrice Nord S.r.l., via Rubens 25, 20148

Milano, Italia; Copyright by Victor Canning 1976, 1977, 1978, and for

the Italian edition by the publisher in 1990 (first edition, of the

Italian translation, June 1990). An "Arthur as Celtic Chieftain" book,

with nice twists.

Carlsen, Chris. Berserker: The Bull Chief. London: Sphere Books, 1977.

Carmichael, Douglas, Pendragon: an Historical Novel (Blackwater Press,

New York, dist. by Exposition Press, 1977). Arthurian romances --


Chant, Joy. The High Kings. Toronto, New York, London, Sydney,

Auckland: Bantam Books, 1985 (First printing 1983).

Chapman, Vera, The King's Damosel, The Green Knight, and King Arther's

Daughter. Out of print.

Christian, Catherine, The Pendragon (Warner Books, 1978.) A story told

by Bedivere in his old age recalling the golden days of Camelot.

Unfortunately this results in a lackluster story. Aside from the

intrusiveness of the story framed by Bedivere's old age, it's a decent

retelling. Takes the "Celts reclaiming Romanized Britain" slant.

Cochran, Molly and Warren Murphy. The Forever King. Tor Books, 1993.

ISBN 0-812-51716-4. The return of Arthur to present day, woven in with

the story as it happened long ago. Beautifully told.

David, Peter, Knight Life (Ace Fantasy, 1987.) A comedic book about

Arthur's return in modern day.

Davies, Robertson. Lyre of Orpheus. London, New York, Victoria,

Ontario, Aukland: Penguin Books, 1989. First published: Canada:

Macmillan of Canada, 1988.

Davies, Robertson. The Rebel Angels. Middlesex, New York, Victoria,

Ontario, Auckland, 1983. Copyright Robertson Davies, 1981.

Davies, Robertson. What's Bred in the Bone. London, New York,

Victoria, Ontario, Aukland: Penguin Books,1986. First published in the

United States of America by Viking Penguin, 1985. First published in

Canada by Macmillan of Canada, 1985.

Dickinson, Peter. The Changes Trilogy. New York: Dell, 1986. Includes

The Weathermonger, Heartsease, and The Devil's Children. Merlin is

used as a McGuffin to explain why the world no longer has modern


Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land. 1922.

Endersby, Clive. Read All About It! Toronto, New York, London, Sydney,

Aukland: Methuen, 1981.

Erskine, John, Galahad, Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation

(Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1926 - certainly out of print)

Ford, John M. The Dragon Waiting: A Masque of History. New York: Avon

Books, 1985 (First published: 1983).

Finkel, George, The Twilight Province (London: Angus & Robinson,

1967.) This is an excellent "young adult" tale about a late Roman,

northern Arthur based on the Bamburgh Castle, Newcastle/Tyne area of

northeastern Britain.

Fraser, Antonia, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

(Illustrated by Rebecca Fraser, Knopf, Random House, New York, 1970).

First published under title: King Arthur. Retellings of seventeen

tales about King Arthur, Lancelot, Gawaine, Tristram, and other

knights of the Round Table. Juvenile.

French, Allen, Sir Marrok, a tale of the days of King Arthur (The

Century Co., New York, 1902).

Frith, Henry, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (G.

Routledge and Sons, London/New York, 1884).

Frost, William Henry, The Court of King Arthur; Stories from the land

of the Round Table (Illustrated by Sydney Richmond Burleigh, C.

Scribners Sons, New York, 1903).

Garner, Alan. The Moon of Gomrath. New York: Ballentine Books, 1981.

(First published: London: William Collins, 1963).

Garner, Alan.. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley.

London: William Collins, 1960; rev. ed. Harmondsworth, Middlesex:

Penguin Books, 1963.

Gash, Jonathan [John Grant]. The Grail Tree. New York, London,

Victoria, Ontario, Auckland: Penguin Books, 1988 (First published:

London: William Collins, 1979).

Gemmell, David. Ghost King and Last Sword of Power. A fictional

account of the life and times of Arthur, bearing little resemblance to

the usual myths.

Gloag, John, Artorius Rex (New York: St. Martin's, 1977.) This is the

final volume in a late Roman trilogy with two "pre-Arthurian" novels

titled The Caesar of the Narrow Seas and The Eagles Depart. Artorius

Rex is another Romano-Celtic tale which attempts a historical


Godwin, Parke, The Last Rainbow, Fire Lord, Beloved Exile (Bantam).

The characters are terrific, the sense of time and place eye opening.

Arthur in the beginning is a native officer in the Roman legions

guarding the northern borders. First published as short stories in

Fantastic Sept. 1977, and in The Fire When it Comes (Garden City,

Doubleday 1984).

Godwin, Parke, Invitation to Camelot (Ace, 1988.) An anthology

including stories by Tanith Lee, Morgan Llywelyn, Elizabeth

Scarborough and Jane Yolen.

Greeley, Andrew M. he Magic Cup: An Irish Legend. New York: Warner

Books, 1979 (First published: New York: McGraw- Hill, 1979).

Griffiths, Paul. The Lay of Sir Tristam. London: Chatto & Windus,

1991. ISBN 07011 3570 0. A very exciting book which at best can be

described as meta-fiction. It takes on the whole problematic that the

Arthurian/Tristam tradition presents.

Gross, Gwen, Knights of the Round Table (Illustrated by Norman Green,

Random House, New York, 1985).

Haar (Hoar?), J. T. King Arthur (New York: Crane Russak, c.1967,


Haldeman, Linda. The Lastborn of Elvinwood. Garden City, NY:

Doubleday, 1978.

Hanratty, Peter, The Book of Mordred and The Last Knight of Albion

(Ace Fantasy and Bluejay Books. ISBNs 0-441-07018-3 and 0-312-94271-8.

Paperback and trade paperback.) A retelling of the Arthurian legend in

a bizarre mix of modern and ancient times.

Hanson, Charles Henry, Stories of the Days of King Arthur (With

illustrations by Gustave Dore, T. Nelson, London/Edinbugh/New York,


Hastings, Selina, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady (Lothrop, Lee &

Shepard Books, New York, 1985). ISBN 0-7445-0295-0. This is

beautifully illustrated. The inside cover says that a version of Sir

Gawain and the Green Knight is also available by the same author.

Hawke, Simon [Nicholas Yermakov], The Wizard of 4th Street (1987), The

Wizard of Whitechapel (1988), The Wizard of Sunset Strip (1989), The

Wizard of Rue Morge (1990), The Samurai Wizard (1991), The Wizard of

Santa Fe (1991), The Wizard of Camelot (1993). New York, Warner

Books. Premise: There was a magical alien species which bred with

humans long, long ago. The descendants of these unions were humans

with magical abilities. Merlin was a half-breed, as was Morgan LeFay.

Since magic and technology cannot co-exist, magic went dormant as

technology increased. After the fall of technology, magic returned and

Merlin revived. Unfortunately, the alien species discovered that

Necromancy produces powerful magic and they are now known as demons.

Merlin has to recruit and train magical humans to thwart their plans.

Appearances by Merlin, Morgan Le Fay and Mordred.

Heller, Julek and Dierdre Headon. King Arthur & His Knights. Fiction

which draws on a variety of sources including, but not limited to

Chretien de Troyes' Arthurian Romances & Malory's Morte D'Arthur.

Dragons' World Ltd. 1990 ISBN 1850281149.

Hollick, Helen. Kingmaking, Pendragon's Banner, a third book due in

June 1997 to complete the trilogy.

Humble, William F. A Tale of Arthur (Anthony Blond, London, 1967).

Hunter, Jim. Percival and the Presence of God. London and Boston:

Faber and Faber, 1978.

Jeter, K. W. Morlock Night. New York: DAW Books, 1979.

Johnson, Barbara Ferry. Lionors. New York: 1975.

Jones, Courtway, In the Shadow of the Oak King. It apparently tries to

tell the story in a historically 'realistic' setting (i.e., without

grafting the high middle ages onto sixth century Britain).

Jones, Courtway. The Witch of the North. New York: Simon and Schuster,

1994. Copyright: 1992. Sequel to In the Shadow of the Oak King.

Jones, Mary J., Avalon (The Naiad Press, ISBN: 0-941483-96-7, 1991).

This is set in the closing days of King Arthur's reign and mostly

concerns the Lady of the Lake at that time (Argante, from Layamon) her

predecessor is Nimue), with some recounting of her childhood.

Definitely a feminist reading, and not as well done as Mist of Avalon,

for example. It is also curiously incomplete. More books may be


Kane, Gil and John Jakes. Excalibur!. No relation to film of same name

and approximate year.

Karr, Phyllis Ann. The Idylls of the Queen. New York: Ace Books, 1982.

Katz, Welwyn Wilton, The Third Magic (Groundwood Books/Douglas &

McIntyre, ISBN (bound): 0-88899-068-5 (pbk): 0-88899-126-6, 1988). A

"young adult" book, this one has one of the more imaginative

retellings of the Arthurian legend.

Kennealy, Patricia, The Hawk's Gray Feather, The Oak Above the Kings,

and The Hedge of Mist. (ROC (division of Penguin Books), ISBN

0-451-45053-1, 1990). Builds upon the world of The Silver Branch, The

Copper Crown and The Throne of Scone in which the Sidhe were aliens.

This book is set much earlier. A good fantasy/SF blend.

Kuncewicz, Maria. Tristan: A Novel. New York: George Braziller, 1974.

Landis, Arthur H. Camelot in Orbit. New York: DAW Books, 1978. Also

Home--To Avalon (1982), The Majick of Camelot (1981), A World Called

Camelot (1976), all published by DAW Books.

Lanier, Sidney, ed., King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table,

(Grosset & Dunlap, 1950. ISBN 0-448-06016-7.) A reasonable children's

version. The Scribner, New York edition is illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.

Original copyright in 1924.

Lang, Andrew, Tales of the Round Table (London, New York : Longmans,

Green, 1923). Based on the tales in the Book of Romance edited by

Andrew Lang.

Latymer, Baron Francis Burdett Thomas Coutts-Nevill, The Romance of

King Arthur, (London, John Lane; New York, John Lange Co. 1907).

Laubenthal, Sanders Anne. Excalibur. (Publication data not available,

it hit paperback about 1974 or 1975). Arthurian magic in a modern

setting. Incorporates sword and grail symbology with tarot magic. Very

original, and a real page-turner.

Laumer, Keith. A Trace of Memory. Turns out to be very much Arthurian

about halfway through. Difficult to say more without spoilers. First

published as a serial in Amazing Stories in about 1963 and reprinted


Lawhead, Stephen, Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur (Avon Books, plus British

and Australian printings. 1988). Lawhead is an excellent writer and

these stories make a very good read. Be warned, Arthur gets dragged

down by a somewhat stridently Christian slant, in a tale that differs

substantially from the first two books. Pendragon has been just

released, 1994.

Lerner, Alan J. and Frederick Lowe. Camelot. 1961.

Lodge, David. Small World. New York: Warner Communications, 1986.

First published: 1984. It's Arthurian in the same way as Lyre of

Orpheus, but deals with Perceval.

McDermott, Gerald, The Knight of the Lion (New York : Four Winds

Press, c1979). Juvenile: a retelling of the adventures of Sir Yvain

and his faithful lion, as the young knight goes through several trials

to prove himsself worthy of a great triumph.

McGowen, Tom, Sir Machinery (Folet Publishing Company, Chicago, 1970.

ISBN 0-695-40167-X hardback, 0-695-80167-8 trade paperback.) An

amusing children's tale set in modern days. Based upon the notion that

King Arthur will come back to save Britain again.

McKay, David. Bulfinch's Age of Chivalry or King Arthur and His

Knights. Revised by J. Loughran Scott. Philadelphia.

McKenzie, Nancy. The Child Queen. (Del Rey, 1994. ISBN 0-345-38244-7.)

The sequel, The High Queen is planned. A well written tale from

Guinevere's point of view. The setting and feel is similar to Mary

Stewart's, although some details differ. Lancelot is in this version,

and very well done.

Marshall, Edison, The Pagan King (Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1959).

Matthews, John, ed., An Arthurian Reader: Selections from Arthurian

Legend, Scholarship, and Story (Aquarian Press, Sterling Publishing

Company, New York, 1988).

Monaco, Richard, Parsival or a Knight's Tale, The Grail War, The Final

Quest (1983), Blood and Dreams (1985) (Berkley Books, New York, ISBN

0-425-05143-9, etc.).

Munn, H. Warner, Merlin's Godson (1st Ballantine Books ed. New York:

Ballantine Books, c1976). Originally published as 2 separate works:

King of the World's Edge and The Ship from Atlantis.

Munn, H. Warner, Merlin's Ring, (New York, Ballantine Books [1974]).

Sequel or related to Merlin's Godson.

Newell, William Wells, King Arthur and the table round : tales chiefly

after the Old French of Crestien of Troyes : with an account of

Arthurian romance, and notes (1897).

Newman, Sharan, Guinevere, Guinevere, The Chessboard Queen, and

Guinevere Evermore, (Bantam, 1981. ISBN: 0-553-20354-1). A haunting

fairy-tale rendition of Guinevere's childhood, marriage to Arthur, and

participation in the events of Camelot. GtCQ was released in hardcover

and then went out of print. Strangely, it does not appear to have been

available in paper though the other two are currently available in

trade paperback.

Norton, Andre [Alice Mary Norton]. Here Abide Monsters. New York:

Atheneum, 1973.

Norton, Andre, Merlin's Mirror (Daw Books, 1975.) Merlin is a half-

breed: human and space alien, and the war between light and darkness

is recast into a war between two space going races. The premise is

bizarre, but Norton makes it work well.

Norton, Andre. Steel Magic. Cleveland: Collins-World, 1965; New York:

Archway, 1978.

Nye, Robert. Merlin, 1975? Humorous and baudy account of the life of

the mage.

Percy, Walker. Lancelot. New York: Avon, 1978 (by arrangement with

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the first publisher).

Peters, Elizabeth [Barbara Gross Mertz]. The Camelot Caper. New York:

Tom Doherty Associates: 1988 (First published: New York: Meredith

Press, 1969).

Phelan, Laurel. Guinevere (Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, ISBN

0-671-52611-1). Written by Guinevere's "reincarnation", a well told


Philip, Neil. The tale of Sir Gawain (illustrated by Charles Keeping.

New York : Philomel Books, 1987).

Phillifent, John T. Life with Lancelot. New York: Ace Books, 1973.

Bound with William Barton, Hunting on Kunderer, as an Ace Double.

Powers, Tim, The Drawing of the Dark. Ambrosius and the Fisher-King.

Powers, Tim. Last Call. New York: Avon Books, 1993 (Published in

hardcover by William Morrow and Co., Copyright Tim Powers, 1992).

Powys, John Cowper. A Glastonbury Romance. New York: Simon and

Schuster, 1932; London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1933.

Price, Anthony. Our Man in Camelot. New York: Warner Books, 1988.

First published: London: Victor Gollancz, 1975. Espionage thriller,

well researched.

Price, Robert, The Last Pendragon (Walker and Co. NY 1991) Telling of

Bedwyr, last of the Knights after the Fall, and Irion, son of Mordred,

and the Saxon threat to what's left of old Britain. Arthur himself

appears only in the prolog. "Tactics" oriented.

Pyle, Howard, The story of King Arthur and his knights (New York : C.

Scribner's Sons, 1904, c1903). Classic.

Riordan, James. Tales of King Arthur (Hamlyn, London, 1982). ISBN

0600-35352-4. An illustrated version of several classic tales.

Robbins, Ruth. Taliesin and King Arthur. Berkeley: Parnassus Press,


Robert, Dorothy James. The Enchanted Cup. New York: Apple-

Century-Crofts, 1953.

Rubin, Michael. "Days of Legend." Song. 4 Feb. 1987, rev. 3 Apr. 1993.

St. John, Nicole [Norma Johnston]. Guinever's Gift. New York: Random

House, 1977. An archaeologist and his assistants recreate the

Arthurian love triangle.

Sampson, Fay, Daughter of Tintagel. Headline Book Publishing, London,

U.K. ISBN 0-7472-3894-4. This is a omnibus volume of 5 separate

volumes: Wise Woman's Telling, White Nun's Telling, Black Smith's

Telling, Taliesin's Telling, Herself. Here's what the book jacket

reads: The bards have sung this tale the length and breadth of

Britain. The story of the momentous birth of the legendary Arthur -

the story of the fear, hate and love between him and his half-sister

Morgan the Fay. But never before have there been five tellings, each

by a witness to the mythical events: Gwennol Far-Sight, Morgan's

childhood nurse and a wise woman in the ways of sacred pagan magic.

Luned, the young white nun, who fears her own soul has been contamined

by Morgan's passions. Teilo, who was once a proud and powerful Smith

of the Old Religion, condemned to live as a woman amongst Morgan's

maids, because of his unwise ambition. The bard Taliesin, bred to sing

of war and red slaughter and glorious death. And finally Morgan the

Fay herself speaks, the Goddess, the witch, whose story has

shape-shifted down the centuries, a force for destruction or a force

for healing...?

Seare, Nicholas, Rude Tales and Glorious (Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.,

New York, 1983. Hardback). [Out of Print] Classic rendition. Title

says it all. This is a retelling of the Arthurian tales. Merlin is a

two bit con artist/pimp, Gwen is a whore that enjoys giving out free

samples, Arthur is Merlin's assistant. It is a riot. Seare is a pen

name for a well known author as yet unrevealed. Speculation centers on

Rodney Whitaker (source William Poundstone, Biggest Secrets).

Service, Pamela F., Winter of Magic's Return, Tomorrow's Magic

(Atheneum, New York, 1987). Five hundred years after the Devastation

destroys modern civilization, the young Merlin and two friends succeed

in bringing back King Arthur to Britain in the grip of a nuclear

winter and together they struggle to build a new and better society

despite the evil plotting of Morgan Le Fay. Juvenile fiction.

Shwartz, Susan, The Grail of Hearts (New York: Tor Books, 1992, ISBN

0-312-85176-6/hardcover). Arthurian; also concerned with the Parsifal

legend and the Wandering Jew, whom Shwartz portrays as a woman.

Sobol, Donald J. Greta the Strong. Chicago, Follet Publishing, 1970.

Stone, Eugenia, Page boy for King Arthur, (illustrated by Rafaello

Busoni. Chicago : Follett Publishing Co., c1949).

Stone, Eugenia, Squire for King Arthur, (illustrated by Rafaello

Busoni. Chicago : Follett Pub. Co., 1955).

Stafford, Greg, and others. King Arthur Pendragon. (Chaosium Inc.,

950-A 56th Street, Oakland, CA 94608. ISBN: 0-933635-59-1.) Other

books in the same series: The Boy King, by Greg Stafford, ISBN

0-933635-78-8; The King Arthur Companion, by Phyllis Ann Karr, ISBN

0-993635-17-6; Knights Adventurous, by Greg Stafford, ISBN

0-933635-70-2. This is part of an excellent role playing game, but the

books are worth reading by themselves as well. There are several books

the game is made of, purchaseable separately. Most of it is a very

detailed glossary of people in the various versions of the saga (with

primacy to Mallory's), but almost half of it is spent on similar

glossaries of notable places, of special "things", and many other

fascinating tidbits, such as an attempt at a self-consistent

chronology of Arthur's reign, and so on.

Steinbeck, John, The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights (Del

Rey. Paperback.) Rendition of Le Morte D'Arthur into modern day

English. Not complete.

Stewart, Mary, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last

Enchantment, and The Wicked Day (Fawcett Crest.) A modern retelling

of the legend, almost classic in their own right. The first three are

narrated by Merlin, and the last in third person.

Stone, Brian, translater. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (Penguin

Books, many reprints. c1959. ISBN 0-14-044092-5.) Beautiful


Sutcliff, Rosemary, Sword at Sunset (Coward-McCann, Inc, New York,

1963. Hardcover and paperback available.) A telling of Arthur as he

might actually have been, a local Celtic warlord.

Sutcliff, Rosemary, The Light Beyond the Forest (1979) and The Sword

in the Circle (1981) (London: Bodley Head.) You can see from the

dates that these are somewhat later than her adult novel Sword at

Sunset. They are technically "young adult" titles.

Sutcliff, Rosemary, The road to Camlann (1st ed. New York : Dutton,

1982). The evil Mordred, plotting against his father King Arthur,

implicates the Queen and Sir Lancelot in treachery and brings about

the downfall of Camelot and the Round Table. "Young adult."

Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Lantern Bearers. New York: Henry Z. Walck,

1959. Prequel to Sword at Sunset.

Sutcliff, Rosemary. ristan and Iseult. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991

(First published: 1971).

Sutcliff, Rosemary and Taylor, Anna. Drustan the Wanderer: A Novel

Based on the Legend of Tristan and Isolde. Harlow, England: Longman,

1971; New York: Saturday Review Press, 1972.

Sutcliff, Rosemary and Taylor, Keith. Bard. New York: Ace Books, 1981.

Portions of this novel appeared in Fanstastic Stories, 1975, published

under the pseudonym Dennis More.

Talbott, Hudson, King Arthur : The Sword in the Stone (New York :

Books of Wonder, 1991).

Tolstoy, Nikolai, The Coming of the King: A Novel of Merlin (Bantam

Books, 1989. Trade paperback.) Very closely based on the Welsh

mabinogion -- poetry rendered into prose. Makes no attempt at

"realism": the grotesquely fantastic has its day here. Lyrical

writing, worth reading. Long.

Treece, Henry, The Great Captains (New York: Random House, 1956.) This

is another sort of Celtic late Roman novel with characters such as

Artos the Bear/Artorius, dux bellorum, Bedwyr, Cie, Medrawt, and

Drostan. An excellent story, but not one for the squeamish.

Troughton, Joanna, Sir Gawain and the loathly damsel (retold and

illustrated by Joanna Troughton. 1st ed. New York : Dutton, 1972).

Adapted from an anonymous fifteenth-century poem, The Weddynge of Sir

Gawen and Dame Ragnell: in order to obtain the answer to a riddle that

will save King Arthur's life, Sir Gawain must marry the ugliest maiden

in the world. Juvenile.

Turner, Roy. King of the Lordless Country. London: Dennis Dobson,


Turton, Godfrey, The Emperor Arthur, (Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday,

1967). This is another late Roman historical reconstruction. Highly


Twain, Mark, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (many


Vansittart, Peter. Lancelot: A Novel. London: Peter Owen, 1978. Also

Perceval; London: Peter Owen, 1988.

Viney, Jane. The Bright-Helmed One. London: Robert Hale, 1975.

White, Terence Hanbury, The Once and Future King and The Book of

Merlin (Berkley Books, ISBNs: 0-425-06310-0 & 0-425-07282-7,

respectively. Original copyrights in 1939 and 1940). A retelling of

the legend from the earliest stories. More comedic than some of the

other versions. Be warned, The Book of Merlin was published in 1977,

13 years after T.H. White's death and it contradicts and rehashes many

themes and stories from TOFK.

White, T.H. The Sword in the Stone (orig. published in 1938). The

first book in TOFK. This is followed by The Witch in the Wood, The

Ill-Made Knight, and last The Candle in the Wind. All these together

comprise TOFK; the last was never published separately.

Whyte, Jack. Sky Stone. Toronto: Penguin Books, 1992. ISBN

0-14-017050-2. The second book in the series, The Singing Sword has

just been released in hard-cover. He is Canadian and seems to be

taking a stance very similar to Mary Stewart in incorporating Roman

history into the legend.

Williams, Charles. War in Heaven. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans,

1970 (First published in 1930).

Wolf, Joan, The Road to Avalon (Onyx Novels, a subdivision of Penguin

Books.) A romantic retelling, casting familiar characters into

startlingly different relationships.

Woolley, Persia, Child of the Northern Spring, Queen of the Summer

Stars, Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn (Poseidon Press, New York,

London, Toronto, etc.) The story of the life of Guinivere, from her

point of view.

Yolen, Jane, The Dragon's Boy (Harper and Row, New York, 1990).

Children's fiction. Young Arthur meets a dragon and comes to accept

him as a friend and mentor.

Yolen, Jane, Merlin's Booke: Thirteen Stories and Poems about the

Arch-Mage (Berkley Publishing Group, Ace Fantasy, New York, 1986).

Zelazny, Roger. The Courts of Chaos. 1978.

Zelazny, Roger. The Guns of Avalon. 1972.

Zelazny, Roger "The Last Defender of Camelot." In The Last Defender of

Camelot. New York: Pocket Books, 1980, pp. 271-94.

Lancelot of the Laik. A Scottish metrical romance, about 1490-1500

A.D. Re-edited from a manuscript in the Cambridge University Library,

with an introd., notes, and glossarial index, by W. W. Skeat. London,

New York, Published for the Early English Text Society by the Oxford

University Press [1965].

Orkneyinga Saga, c1200 (unknown Icelandic Author). The Isles of Orkney

are of course the famed home of Lot, Morgause, Gawain, Mordred, etc.

Arnold, Mathew. Tristram and Iseult.

Beroul. The Romance of Tristan. c1150.

Carley, James P., introduction. Mathew Arnold and William Morris

(Arthurian Poets series, Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY:

Boydell Press 1990, ISBN: 0-85115-544-8). Arnold's "Tristram and

Iseult" is the first modern English retelling of the Tristram legend,

a melancholy interpretation of the theme; Morris' different approach

apparent in the rich sensuality of his "The Defence of Guenevere."

Carley, James P., ed., introduction. A.C. Swinburne (Arthurian Poets

series, ISBN: 0-85115-546-4). Some of Swinburne's most important

poetry recreates the Arthurian legends from a modern perspective.

Includes Tristram of Lyonesse.

Carley, James P., ed., introduction. E.A. Robinson (Arthurian Poets

series, ISBN: 0-85115-545-6). Robinson's Arthurian poems, published

between 1917 and 1927 won him a Pulitzer Prize.

Dodds, David, ed., introduction. Charles William (Arthurian Poets

series, ISBN: 0-88115-291-0). Contains Taliessin through Logres and

The Region of the Summer Stars, as well as twenty-four of William's

earlier poems on Arthurian themes from his collection The Advent of

Galahad (many never published before), and fragments designed to form

a sequel to Region which also appear for the first time.

Geoffrey of Monmouth Vita Merlini [Life of Merlin]. Verse.

Heath-Stubbs. Artorius. A Heroic Poem in Four Books and Eight

Episodes. (London: Enitharmon Press, 1973. ISBN 901111-39-2). Hard to


Hole, Richard, Arthur; or, The northern enchantment (GGJ and J

Robinson, London, 1798). A poetical romance, in seven books.

Lewis. Arthurian Torso. Oxford, 1948. Reprinted.

Lupack, Alan, ed., Arthur, the Greatest King: an Anthology of Modern

Arthurian Poems (forword by Raymond H. Thompson, Garland, New York,


Lytton, Baron Edward Bulwer, King Arthur (London, Henry Colburn,


Maynadier, Howard, The Arthur of the English Poets (Boston, New York,

Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907).

Morris, William. The Defence of Guenevere.

Robinson, Edwin Arlington, "Merlin"(1917), "Lancelot"(1920) and

"Tristram"(1927). Verse retelling of the Arthur legend. The last one

won the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Swinburne, A.C. Tristram of Lyonesse. And others.

Tennyson, Lord Alfred, Idylls of the King (Signet, 1961.)

Williams, Charles. Taliessin Through Logres, The Region of the Summer

Stars (Eerdmans, 1974). Original printings through Oxford University

Press, 1938.

About the Arthurian Poets series: A volume on John Masefield is in

preparation. All the volumes contain the complete Arthurian poetry of

each author; for example, the Charles Williams volume has much

previously unpublished poetry.

Non-fiction and research

"Bulletin of Bibliography" (July-Sept. 1981, 38(3):128-138,149).

Contains an Arthurian bibliography.

Modern language association of America, A bibliography of critical

Arthurian literature (New York City).

Modern Language Association of America. Arthurian Group. A

bibliography of Arthurian critical literature (v.1-2;

1922/29-1930/35, New York).

The Fall of Camelot (by the editors of Time-Life Books, Time-Life

Books, Alexandria, VA [USA], 1986).

Alcock, Leslie, Arthur's Britain (Penguin Press, 1971). Documentary

evidence of King Arthur's historical existence. Alcock has also

published much work concerning archaelogical excavations of

Glastonbury (speculated site of Camelot).

Allen, Philip Schuyler. King Arthur & His Knights A Noble and Joyous

History. A collection of stories based on Malory. Rand Mcnally & Co.

1995 ISBN 1-56619-791-0.

Andronik, Catherine M., Quest for a King: Searching for the Real King

Arthur (Atheneum, New York, 1989). Surveys the legends surrounding

King Arthur and examines the historical evidence behind them.

Ashe, Geoffrey, King Arthur's Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury

(Dutton, New York, 1958, reprinted). Glastonbury is the legendary

Avalon, site of Arthur's grave and source of much fanciful speculation

and scholarly interest. The author reveals Glastonbury's distinctive

character in the dark ages as the meeting place of Saxon and Celt; the

glory of its Abbey as the center of English and medieval civilization;

and the significance of its legends in the mystical theory of the Holy

Grail -- a primary factor in the development of European religious


Ashe, Geoffrey, From Caesar to Arthur (London: Collins, 1960).

Ashe, Geoffrey, et al, Quest for Arthur's Britain (Granada, London;

Praeger, New York, 1968; reprinted with new introduction in 1987).

Ashe, Geoffrey, King Arthur in Fact and Fiction (NY: Nelson, c.1969,


Ashe, Geoffrey, Camelot and the Vision of Albion (London: Heinemann;

NY: St. Martin's, 1971.)

Ashe, Geoffrey, King Arthur in Fact and Legend (first US edition,

Camden, New Jersey/T. Nelson, 1971).

Ashe, Geoffrey, "A certain very ancient book" Speculum April, 1981,


Ashe, Geoffrey, Kings and Queens of Early Britain (London: Methuen,


Ashe, Geoffrey, Avalonian Quest (London: Methuen, 1982; London:

Collins/Fontana, 1984.)

Ashe, Geoffrey, Guidebook to Arthurian Britain (London: Longman's,

1980; London: Aquarian Press, 1983.)

Ashe, Geoffrey, The Discovery of King Arthur (Guild, London, 1985.

ISBN N/A.) Provides convincing accounts of the historical roots of the

legends and of who the original Arthur actually was.

Ashe, Geoffrey, The Landscape of King Arthur (Webb & Bower, Exeter; M.

Joseph, London, 1987).

Ashe, Geoffrey. The Glastonbury Tor Maze. (Gothic Image, 7 High

Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, 1988) Elsewhere Ashe refers back to

this originally 1977 short work as a source for the Grail ritual. 15

pages with maps.

Ashe, Geoffrey, King Arthur: The Dream of a Golden Age (Thames and

Hudson, London, 1990).

Ashton, Graham, The Realm of King Arthur (Dixon, Newport, Isle of

Wight, 1974).

Baigent, Michael, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. Holy Blood, Holy

Grail. (Corgi, 1993, ISBN 0-552-12138-X, many reprints.) What it did

was propose a revolutionary theory about what the "San Greal" was (a

deliberate distortion for "Sang Real", the bloodline of Jesus - not

just through lots of hints, such as the obvious reference through

"Fisher King" with the Greek connection of the fish for Jesus, as well

as the "I shall make you fishers of men" phrase in the Gospel, etc -

but also through meticulously detailed research). Not directly about

Arthur, but Arthur's connections with the Holy Grail myths are too

strong to ignore.

Barber, Richard. The Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology. Here

for the first time is a single volume featuring the power and range of

Arthurian literature from the beginnings to the present day.


Barber, Richard, Arthur of Albion: an introduction to the Arthurian

Literature and Legends of England (London: Boydell Press, 1961.)

Barber, Richard, The Figure of Arthur (London: Longman's, 1972.) This

title surveys the Arthurian controversy, works over the early sources,

and ends up with Arthur as a modern British national hero.

Barber, Richard, King Arthur; In Legend and History (Boydell Press,

Ipswich, 1973).

Barber, Richard, King Arthur: Hero and Legend (Woodbridge, Suffolk,

and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press 1988, ISBN 0-85115-254-6). Current

version of Arthur of Albion.

Barber, Richard, ed., Arthurian Literature, vols. I-X. Diverse papers

and studies.

Bradley, Michael. Holy Grail Across the Atlantic. 1988. Bradley

carries on where Baigent, et al, leave off. As well as utilizing their

book, he directly cites further details about an apparent conspiracy

to introduce 'clue-books' in famous libraries in France and around

Europe, over many decades. Bradley traces the Holy Grail from 'Before

the Flood' - to Arthur - and from there across the Atlantic, - to Nova

Scotia - (before Columbus), its possible residence in Montreal for

many years, and then supposed return to Europe.

Braswell, Mary Flowers and John Bugge, eds. The Arthurian Tradition.

Essays in Convergence (Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press,

1988. ISBN 0-8173-0347-2).

Brengle, Richard L., ed., Arthur, King of Britain: History, Romance,

Chronicle & Criticism, (Appleton-Century-Crofts, New York, 1964).

With texts in modern English, from Gildas to Malory.

Bromwich, Rachel, ed., The Arthur of the Welsh: the Arthurian Legend

in Medieval Welsh Literature (University of Wales Press, 1991).

Bromwich, Rachel. Trioedd Ynys Predein (University of Wales Press,

1991.) A compilation of several Welsh sources for Medieval and earlier

story information, some dealing with Arthur. In English with the

sources also in Middle Welsh.

Cavendish, Richard. King Arthur & the Grail: The Arthurian Legends and

their Meaning. New York: Taplinger Publishing, 1985.

Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, Arthur of Britain (Barnes and Nobel, New

York, 1964, original copyright 1927).

Clancy, Joseph P., Pendragon: Arthur and his Britain (NY: Praeger,

1971). Examines historical evidence for the existence of King Arthur

and traces the growth of the Arthurian legend from the tenth century

to modern times.

Coghlan, Ronan, The Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends (Rockport, MA:

Element, 1991. ISBN 1-85230-199-6.)

Cummins, W.A. King Arthur's Place In Prehistory. Alan Sutton

Publishing, 1992. ISBN 0-7509-0186-1 (hb) 0-7509-0664-2 (pb).

Darrah, John, The Real Camelot: Paganism and the Arthurian Romances

(Thames and Hudson, New York, 1981).

Davies, John Glyn, The Apotheosis of Arthur (Llanfairfechan, N. Wales,

1962). Reprint of a lecture delivered at the University of Uppsala in


Dickinson, William Howship, King Arthur in Cornwall (Longmans, Green &

Co., London/New York, 1900).

Downing, David C. Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis's

Ransom Trilogy. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1992.

Dumezil, Georges, Mythes et dieux des Germains. Connects Arthurian

material with a Scythian heavy cavalry brigade based at Chester from

about 250 to 500. There are some relationships between Scythian and

Arthurian legends.

Dunning, R. W. Arthur the King in the West (NY: St. Martins's, 1988).

This is an argument for a "Cornish" King Arthur.

Entwistle, William James, The Arthurian Legend in the Literatures of

the Spanish Peninsula (JM Den & Sons, New York/London/Toronto, 1925).

Evola, Julius, "The Mystery of the Grail and the Gibelin imperial

concept". Original in Italian; Yvonne Tortat's French translation "Le

Mystere du Graal et l'idee imperiale Gibeline" published by and

available from Editions Traditionnelles (11 Quai St.-Michel, Paris).

This is Evola's integral traditionalist interpretation of the Grail


Fife, Graeme, Arthur the King: the Themes behind the Legends (NY:

Sterling Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8069-8344-2.) The development of

Arthurian literature including the themes of chivalry, courtly love,

hunting, magic and the Holy Grail. Color, b/w illustrations.

Gardner, Edmund Garratt, The Arthurian Legend in Italian Literature

(JM Dent & Sons, London; EP Dutton & Co, New York, 1930).

Godwin, Malcolm. The Holy Grail. Viking Penguin books, 1994. ISBN


Goetink, Glenys. Peredur: A Study of Welsh Traditions in the Grail

Legends. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 1975.

Goldberg, Todd. C. Horak, R. Norwood, D. Markestein. The Prince

Valiant Companion. Mountain Home TN: Manuscript Press, 1992. Prince

Valiant is a Sunday newspaper comic strip (not a comic book) which

chronicles the life of a knight of King Arthur's roundtable. The

original full name of the comic strip was "Prince Valiant in the Days

of King Arthur" although the long title is seldom used anymore except

for books reprinting the original stories. The comic was by Harold

Foster and started in 1937, it is considered a masterpiece of comics

by experts and was fairly faithful to Arthurian legend and spirit. It

still runs today in many Sunday papers, syndicated by King Features,

under Foster's successor John Cullen Murphy. The strips have been

reprinted in numerous books and the story has been turned into

animated and live action movies. The book is a history of the strip

and its Arthurian stories.

Goodrich, Norma L., King Arthur (Harper&Row, 1986. ISBN

0-06-097182-7.) Also wrote Merlin (1987), Guinevere (1989), and The

Holy Grail (1990). Goodrich does a number of historical

"reconstructions", trying to piece together the possible events of the


Gordon-Wise, Barbara Ann. The Reclamation of a Queen: Guinevere in

Modern Fantasy. New York, Westport, London: Greenwood P, 1991.

Guenon, Rene, in "Symbols of the sacred Science", Chapters III and IV

on the Grail, XXIV on Arthur and druidism, XLIV on "Lapsit Exillis",

and other occasional references. French original "Symboles de la

Science sacree" published by Gallimard, Paris ISBN 2-07-029752-7.

Guyer, Foster Erwin. Chretien de Troyes: Inventor of the Modern Novel.

New York: Record Press, 1957, 17 - 40.

Hibbert, Christopher, The Search for King Arthur (London, 1972?)

Another one of the survey studies of the legend of Arthur.

Holmes, Urban Tigner. Chretien de Troyes. New York: Twayne Publishers,

1970, 59 - 71.

Hopkins Andrea. Chronicles of King Arthur. Viking Penguin Books 1994.

ISBN 0-670-85232-5.

Jaffray, Robert, King Arthur and the Holy Grail an examination of the

early literature pertaining to the legends of King Arthur and of the

Holy Grail, together with a brief review of the theories relating to

the latter-intended... (New York, G.P. Putnam, 1928).

Jenkins, Elizabeth The Mystery of King Arthur (NY: Coward, McCann &

Geoghegan, Inc., 1975; London: George Rainbird, 1975.) This is a

pictorial coffee book in the best sense of the word. It's the standard

survey through the material with contemporary illustrations ranging

from a photograph of the white horse at Uffington and the late Roman

cataphract from Dura-Europos proceeding through mediaeval

illustrations, many in colour and ending up with the Victorian

paintings of William Morris and Edward Burn Jones.

Jones, Bedwyr Lewis, Arthur Y Cymry, The Welsh Arthur (University of

Wales Press, Cardiff, 1975). It discusses in great detail exactly what

information we have about Arthur, and -- more importantly -- considers

what kind of conclusions can be drawn about the real origins of these


Jones, William Lewis, King Arthur in History and Legend (Cambridge,

Eng. University Press, 1911, 1914, 1933).

Jung, Emma and Marie-Louise von Franz, The Grail Legend (Sigo Press,

1986. ISBN 0-938434-08-X.)

Karr, Phyllis Ann. The King Arthur Companion. Albany: Chaosium, 1983.

Kittregge, George Lyman, Arthur and Gorlagon (Boston: Ginn and Co.,


Lacy, Norris J., ed, The Arthurian Encyclopedia (ISBN: 0-85115-253-8).

The first reference book to offer a comprehensive and critical

treatement of Arthurian topics. This work involves over 50 scholars

and contains a wide range of entries in the arts and media; Arthurian

characters; history, legend and archaelogy; themes and motifs; and a

wealth of literature. Illustrated.

Lacy, Norris J. et. al. The New Arthurian Encyclopedia. Hamden, CT:

Garland, 1991. For some reason, this is harder to find than the

earlier version.

Lagorio, Valerie M. and Mildred Leake Day, eds., King Arthur through

the Ages (New York:Garland Pub, 1990). Two volumes: one is almost

exclusively about medieval versions of the legend, the other is

focused on 19th and 20th century versions.

Lampo, Hubert and Pieter Paul Koster, Arthur and the Grail (London:

Sidgwick & Jackson, 1988). Originally published in Dutch under Arthur.

Introduction by Colin Wilson.

Lewis, Charles Bertram. Classical mythology and Arthurian romance; a

study of the sources of Chrestien de Toryes' "Yvain" and other

Arthurian romances, by Charles Bertram Lewis. London, New York [etc.]

Pub. for St. Andrews university by H. Milford, Oxford university

press, 1932.

Lindsay, Jack, Arthur and his times : Britain in the Dark Ages (London

: Frederick Muller, c1958).

Littleton, C. Scott and Linda A. Malcor, From Scythia to Camelot: A

Radical Reassessment of the Legends of King Arthur, the Knights of

the Round Table, and the Holy Grail (Garland Publishing, Inc., New

York & London, 1994). From Dr. Malcor "In this book my co-author and I

argue that the core of the Arthurian and Holy Grail traditions do not

derive from Celtic folklore and mythology, but rather from the

folklore and mythology of the Alans and the Sarmatians,

Northeast-Iranian speaking steppe nomads who invaded Europe in the

final days of the Roman Empire. Although this book contains a complete

scholarly apparatus, we have written it primarily to be enjoyed by the

intelligent lay reader who wants to spend a few evenings taking a new

look at the origins of Arthurian tradition."

Loomis, Richard. The Development of Arthurian Romance. New York:

Norton, 1970.

Loomis, Roger Sherman, Arthurian Tradition and Chretien de Troyes,

(New York, Columbia University Press [1949]).

Loomis, Roger Sherman, Arthurian legends in medieval art (London,

Oxford University Press; New York, Modern Language Association of

America, 1938).

Loomis, Roger Sherman, Arthurian literature in the Middle Ages: a

collaborative history (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1959).

Loomis, Roger Sherman, Celtic myth and Arthurian romance (New York,

Columbia University Press, 1927, reprints).

Loomis, Roger Sherman, Wales and the Arthurian legend (Cardiff,

University of Wales Press, 1956).

Loomis, Roger Sherman, The Grail: from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol

(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1991. ISBN 0-691-02075-2.)

McCarthy, Terrence, An Introduction to Malory (ISBN: 0-85991-325-2).

Malory's approach to his material is discussed, as are his sources,

and his individual contribution; finally, Malory and his book are

placed in their historical context.

Mancoff, Debra, ed. The Arthurian Revival. Essays on Form, Tradition,

and Transformation (New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. ISBN.


Markale, Jean, King Arthur, King Of Kings (translated by Christine

Hauch. London ; New York : Gordon & Cremonesi, 1977). Originally

published as Le roi Arthur et la societe celtique.

Markale, Jean, The Celts. (First English Translation, 1993. Inner

Traditions.) Also by Markale: Mithra-Varuna (1940), Les Mythes Romains

(1942-47), Loki (1948), Les Dieux des Indo-Europe'ens (1952) Les Dieux

des Germains (1959).

Markale, Jean. King of the Celts (Roi Arthur et la socie'te' celtique.

American paperback edition.) (Inner Traditions International, Ltd.,

One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont 05767, 1994.) A cheaper American

edition. Easy reading, with a socialist slant.

Matthews, Caitlin and Marian Green. The Grail Seeker's Companion: to

the Grail Quest in the Aquarian Age. Northamptonshire: Thorsons

Publishing Group, 1986.

Matthews, Caitlin, Arthur and the Sovereignty of Britain : King and

Goddess in the Mabinogion (illustrated by Chesca Potter. London,

England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Arkana, 1989).

Matthews, Caitlin and John. The Arthurian Tarot. Illustrated by

Miranda Grey. Northamptonshire: Thorsons Publishing Group, 1990.

Matthews, Caitlin, The Arthurian Tarot: A Hallowquest Handbook.

Northamptonshire: Thorsons Publishing Group, 1990.

Matthews, Caitlin, Hallowquest: Tarot Magic and the Arthurian

Mysteries. London: HarperCollins, 1990.

Matthews, Caitlin, Taliesin: Shamanism and the Bardic Mysteries in

Britain and Ireland. London: HarperCollins, 1991.

Matthews, Caitlin. The Arthurian Tarot Course: A Quest for All

Seasons. London: HarperCollins, 1993.

Matthews, John, An Arthurian Legend (London: Aquarian Press, 1991.

ISBN 0-85030-909-3.)

Matthews, Caitlin and John, The Arthurian Book of Days (New York :

Macmillan, c1990). Contains Arthurian events related to a particular

point in the year. Illustrated with copies of rare paintings and


Matthews, John, The Elements of the Arthurian Tradition. Who was King

Arthur? What is the Holy Grail? Who were the Fay Women of Arthur's

Court? What is the Fellowship of the Round Table? Who are the Dwellers

in Avalon? Answers these and other questions about the legend of


Matthews, John, The Elements of the Grail Tradition. Here, in vivid

historical detail, Matthews reveals the many facets of the Holy Grail

and its tradition. Includes explanations of the myth of the Fisher

King, the Four Hallows, the "Holiest Earth" of Glastonbury and the


Matthews, John and Bob Stewart. Warriors of Arthur. Blandford Press.

First published in UK 1987. Paperback edition first published 1989.

detailed picture of culture, weapons and places associated with King

Arthur. ISBN 0-7137-2146-4.

Merriman, James Douglas. The Flower of Kings: A Study of the Arthurian

Legend in England between 1485 and 1835. Lawrence, Manhattan,

Wichita: UP of Kansas, 1973.

Meskys, Edmund R. Ed. The Once and Future Arthur. Center Harbor:

Niekas Publications, 1989.

Millar, Ronald William, Will the real King Arthur please stand up?

(London : Cassell, 1978).

Monell, Charles M., Five hundred years of King Arthur ([Fullerton,

Calif.] : The Patrons of the Library, California State University,

Fullerton, c1987). The text is a lecture by Dr. Monell delivered at

the opening of the King Arthur exhibit at the California State

Library, Sacramento, on July 28, 1985 ... "--p. [3]. The article first

appeared in the July 1985 Bulletin of the California State Library


Morris, John, The age of Arthur; a history of the British Isles from

350 to 650 (New York, Scribner [1973]).

Nitze, William Albert, Arthurian romance and modern poetry and music

(Chicago, Ill., The University of Chicago Press [c1940]).

Phillips, Graham and Martin Keatman, King Arthur: The True Story

(Trafalgar Square, North Pomfret, Vermont 05043 c1994). Recounting the

accounts left by Bede, Gildas, Nennius, and Geoffry of Monmouth.

Tidbits on origins of characters such as Galahad, Lancelot, Percival

and Guinevere. Descriptions of the author's conclusions about the

original Camelot, Arthur's burial place, etc. Good reading.

Phillips, Graham. The Search for the Grail. First published by Century

in the UK 1995. ISBN 071-26-7533-7.

Pickford, Cedric Edward, Rex Last and Christine R. Barker, eds., The

Arthurian Bibliography (Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] : D.S. Brewer ;

Totowa, N.J. : Biblio, -1983).

Ratcliffe, Eric, The Great Arthurian Timeslip (Stevenage and Bungay

[Eng.] : ORE, 1978).

Ravenscroft, Trevor. The Cup of Destiny. An interpretation of

Eschenbach's Parsifal and interesting reading.

Reid, Margaret Jane Cornfute, The Arthurian Legend (Edinburgh [etc.]

Oliver and Boyd [1938]).

Ritson, Joseph, The life of King Arthur: from ancient historians and

authentic documents (London, Payne and Foss [etc.] 1825).

Robinson, Joseph Armitage, Two Glastonbury legends: King Arthur and

St. Joseph of Arimathea (Cambridge [Eng.] The University Press,


Saklatvala, Beram, Arthur, Roman Britain's Last Champion (Newton

Abbot: David & Charles, 1971.) An unconventional study of King Arthur.

Scherer, Margaret Roseman, About the Round Table, (New York, 1945).

Simpson, Roger, Camelot Revisited: The Athurian Revival and Tennyson,

1800-1849 ISBN: 0-85991-300-7. A study of the interest in Arthurian

literature in the early part of the nineteenth century. There is a

complete bibliography of early 19th-century Arthurian poetry, drama,

and prose fiction together with catalogues of paintings and

illustrated books.

Skene, William Forbes, author; Derek Bryce, ed., Arthur and the

Britons in Wales and Scotland (Lampeter [Wales] : Llanerch

Enterprises, c1988).

Slocum, Sally K. ed. Popular Arthurian Traditions. Bowling Green:

Bowling Green State U, 1992.

Spivak, Charlotte. Merlin's Daughters: Contemporary Women Writers of

Fantasy. Westport: Greenwood P, 1987.

Starr, Nathan Comfort, King Arthur today; the Arthurian legend in

English and American Literature, 1901-1953, (Gainesville, University

of Florida Press 1954).

Stewart, R.J., ed. The Book of Merlyn- Insights from the Merlin

conference. Based on proceedings of London conference held June,

1986. Blandford Press, London. Originally published in hardback in the

UK, 1987. Merlin as the central theme, conference ranged over history,

legend, drama, psychology, story-telling, music, folklore, etc. ISBN


Surtees, Scott Frederick, Merlin and Arthur, ([Hertford, S. Austin and

sons, printers], 1871).

Taylor, Beverly and Elisabeth Brewer, The Return of King Arthur (DS

Brewer, Cambridge, 1983.) Contains an extensive bibliography in the


Thompson, Raymond, The Return From Avalon (Greenwood, Westport, 1985).

This is an excellent recent study of modern Arthurian literature.

Tolstoy, Nikolai, The Quest for Merlin (Little, Brown, 1985. ISBN


Treharne, R. F. (Reginald Francis), The Glastonbury legends: Joseph of

Arimathea, the Holy Grail and King Arthur, (London, Cresset P.,


Trevelyan, Marie, The Land of Arthur, its Heroes and Heroines,

(London, J. Hogg [pref. 1895]).

Vinaver, Eugene, King Arthur's sword; or, The making of a medieval

romance, (Manchester, Eng., John Rylands Library and the Manchester

University Press, 1958).

Vinaver, Eugene, Malory ([1st ed.], reprinted with a new preface.

London, Clarendon P., 1970).

Warner, Sylvia Townsend. T. H. White. New York: Viking Press, 1968.

Whitaker, Muriel. The Legends of King Arthur in Art. ISBN

0-85991-306-6. This is a study of works of art inspired by legends of

King Arthur and his knights and produced over a period of nine

centuries in Europe and North America. It covers illuminated

manuscripts, printed books, sculpture, pavements, all paintings, easel

paintings, etc.

Whitehead, John, Guardian of the Grail, a new light on the Arthurian

legend, ([London] Jarrolds [1959]).

Wildman, S. G. The Black Horses, English Inns and King Arthur (London:

John Baker, 1971).

Williams, Charles and C.S. Lewis, Arthurian Torso. Two long essays.

The first, by Williams, is a lengthy history of the development of the

Arthurian legend, discussing the entry of the various great themes

(i.e., courtly love, the Grail, etc.) and how it affected the legend

that had existed to that point. The second, by Lewis, is an

indispensible guide to Williams' own Arthurian poems (cited in the

Poetry section). These essays, along with William's poems, can be

found in trade paperback from Eerdmans' Press, Grand Rapids.

Williams, Gwyn A. Excalibur - The Search for Arthur. Barnes & Noble by

arrangement with BBC Books, 1994 ISBN 1-56619-694-9.

Wood, Michael. In Search of the Dark Ages. (Facts On File

Publications, 1987) The guy who brought you In Search of the Trojan

War does a comfortable job on Arthur with some insights over thirty


Zaddy, Z. P. Chretien Studies. Glasgow: U of Glasgow P, 1973, 1 - 71.

Medieval and early texts
Gawain and the Grene Knight. Many translations, including one by JRR

Tolkien (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Clarendon Press, Oxford,


Lancelot of the Lake. Available in pb from Oxford's "The World's

Classics" series. Anonymous, Arthurian cycle: Lancelot of the Lake,

The Quest of the Holy Grail, and The Death of Arthur. Available in

pb from Penguin. Most later Arthurian texts (especially Mallory) are

based on these, the same way most texts after Chretien derived from

Chretien. The first listed, the "short" or "non-cyclic prose

Lancelot," is a very interesting point in the development of the

legend: Lancelot is not yet involved in the Grail quest (indeed, it is

implied that it has already occurred by the time he comes to King

Arthur's court). The "cycle" is the first (existing) text, or set of

texts, to unite all the fundamental themes of the mythos. Also

available from Penguin is a single volume edition with two long poetic

"morts d'Artu," under the title The Death Of King Arthur. One is in

rhymed verse, the other in alliterative.

The Death of King Arthur. Trans. with an Intro. by James Cable.

London, New York, Victoria, Ontario, Aukland: Penguin Books, 1988.

(Translation of La Mort le Roi Artu).

King Arthur's Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and

Alliterative Morte Arthure. Ed. Larry D. Benson. Exeter: U of Exeter,

1986. (There are translations of these)

The Mabinogion (many translations.) The Mabinogion is the collection

of Welsh stories and legends, where elements of the Arthurian legend

can be found. These probably form the basis for the legend as we have

it today, though scholars seem to revise their opinions every now and


Blackmore, Sir Richard, An Heroick Poem (London, printed for Awnsham

and John Churchil, 1695). In ten books. Probably out of print.

Chretien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances (Everyman's Library #698).

Various translations. He was a 12th century writer/poet and the single

most improtant influence on the development of the Arthurian mythos:

it was he who linked Lancelot to Guinevere and who introduced the

moral question of their affair (in Lancelot, Or the Knight of the

Cart) and it was quite possibly he who brought the story of the Grail

Quest to Arthur's court (in Perceval).

Chretien de Troyes, Ywain, the Knight of the Lion (Translated by

Robert W. Ackermand and Frederick W. Lock, Unger, New York, 1957, plus

other translations).

Chretien de Troyes, Perceval, The Story of the Grail. (English

translation by Nigel Bryant, ISBN: 0-85991-224-8). The story of the

making of a knight in both worldly and spiritual terms, and the source

of some of the most dramatic and mysterious adventures of romance.

Dass, Nirmal, translator. Avowing of King Arthur. Lanham, MD: UP of

America, 1987. This is pretty strange at the end.

Day, Mildred Leake, translator. De ortu Waluuanii nepotis Arturi. In

The Rise of Gawain, Nephew of Arthur. New York: Garland Publishing,


Geoffrey of Monmouth (1100-1154), History of the Kings of Britain

(Penguin, 1966. ISBN 0-14-044170-0.) Twelfth century historian.

Monmouth, Geoffrey. Vita Merlini. The life of Merlin. Hunter's library

has a dual language version.

Jones, Prudence, translator. Les Enfances Gauvain. In Appendix 1 of

Gawain: Knight of the Goddess by John Matthews. Wellingborough:

Aquarian Pr, 1990.

Le Clerc, Guillaume. Fergus of Galloway: Knight of Arthur. (Trans.

with an Intro, and notes by D.D.R. Owen. Rutlan: Charles E. Tuttle,


Malory, Sir Thomas, Le Morte D'Arthur (many editions). The classic

15th century rendition of Arthurian legend according the French

tradition. About where Lancelot in his romantic, very French, form was

added, and where the search for the Grail was put in Christian terms.

Notes: Caxton (1422-1491) edited Morte D'Arthur and changed it quite a

bit in so doing. The original (non-edited-by-Caxton) version is

available from Oxford University Press under the title Malory: Works

(1973). In this edition, there are a number of loosely connected

stories: Caxton conflated some, elided others, and bound the whole

thing together under one theme: Arthur's tragedy. Furthermore, there

are various non-Malory versions of the Morte Arthure and Le Morte

Arthur c.1400 and c.1350 respectively. These were a part of the

impetus behind Malory's later version.

Matarosso, translator, The Quest of the Holy Grail (Penguin, 1969.

ISBN 0-14-044220-0.)

Middleton, Christopher, The famous historie of Chinon of England (to

which is added The assertion of King Arthure, translated by Richard

Robinson from Leland's Assertio inclytissimi Arturii, together with...

London, Pub. for the Early English Text Society by H. Milford, Oxford

University Press, 1925).

Nennius. Historia Brittonum [The History of Britons] c858 orig.

published in Latin. The mention of Ambrosius has a lot of correlation

to what is later attributed by Geoffrey of Monmouth etc. to Merlin's

conception and it is central to Mary Stewart's version.

Sebastian Evans, trans. The High History of the Holy Grail. A

translation of Perlesvaus. Everyman's Library, Lond: JM Dent & Sons,

NY, EP Dutton & Co. 1936. There is likely a more recent translation

done in the 70s.

Stone, Brian, translator. The Alliterative Morte Arthure. In King

Arthur's Death. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989. Paraphrased by John

Gardner in The Alliterative Morte Arthure. Carbondale: Southern

Illinois UP, 1971.

von dem Turlin, Heinrich. The Crown. Trans. J. W. Thomas. U of

Nebraska P, 1989. Version of the Grail quest, finally translated into


von Strassburg, Gottfried, Tristan (Penguin, 1960. ISBN


Wace and Layamon, Arthurian Chronicles, (with an introd. by Lucy Allen

Paton. London ; New York : Dent, Dutton, [1921?]).

Weston, Jessie L. translator. The Awntyrs off Arthure. In Romance,

Vision, and Satire. Boston: 1912.

Wirnt von Grafenberg. Wigalois: The Knight of Fortune's Wheel. Trans.

J. W. Thomas. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1977. Wigalois is Gawain's


Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parsival (Penguin, 1980. ISBN 0-14-044361-4.)

Allows great insight into the mind of Chivalry for those with the

patience. Modern translation of a medieval text.

John, Christopher. Rev. of Excalibur. Ares July, 1981, 21.

John, Christoper, Rev. of Knightriders. Ares July, 1981,

Lambides, Freya Reeves, pub., Avalon to Camelot (Debra N. Mancoff,

ed.) A quarterly journal started in Fall 1983, lasted for four regular

issues to Summer 1984 before the publisher folded. Two more issues

came out, but are not generally available. It had some excellent

articles, and was well illustrated for a non-color production.

Surviving copies may be collector's items.

Arthurian references (fictional)
Barr, Mike and Brian Bolland. Camelot 3000, 1981, DC Comics. 12 issue

limited series later bound into a trade paperback. Rides the fine

lines between clever and stupid, inspired and tacky. Futuristic story

about a reincarnated (and ethnically mixed) Round Table, aliens, etc.

Cherryh, C.J., Port Eternity (DAW Books, New York, c1982). Science

fiction novel with arthurian elements and references.

Coney, Michael Greatrex, Fang, the Gnome. (Signet/New American

Library, ISBN 0-451-15847-4). The main characters are Fang, Nyneve,

Avalona (the non-human who teaches Nyneve) and Merlin (Avalona's son).

Arthurian characters who appear: Tristam and Iseult, Arthur, and

Galahad - with the other characters appearing only in "the Game"

played by Nyneve, Avalona and Merlin. The Game is used to enter an

alternate reality and influence the characters there. Eventually the

other reality merges with that of Earth and the Arthurian story

becomes a reality.

Coney, Michael Greatrex. King of the Scepter'd Isle. New York, London,

Victoria, Ontario, Auckland: Penguin Books, 1990 (Previously published

in hardcover by NAL Books, no date given). The sequel to Fang the


Cooper, Susan, Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark Is Rising, The Green

Witch, The Grey King, Silver on the Tree. Celtic derived fantasy,

some references to Arthur. While these are "juveniles" they present

good reading for adults as well.

Crow, Donna Fletcher. Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England.

Wheaton: Good News, 1992. Has only 100 pages or so on Arthur's time.

Seems to be like Sarum - spanning the ages.

Davies, Robertson, The Lyre of Orpheus.

Drake, David, The Dragon Lord, (Berkeley Pub. Group, 1979. ISBN

0-399-12380-6). This is about an Irish soldier fighting in Arthur's

army. All the usual characters are there, fairly prominently, but they

are not the protagonists.

Kay, Guy Gavriel, The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest

Road. Also known collectively as "The Fionavar Tapestry." Arthur,

Lancelot and Guinevere are, in various forms, called back to assist in

defeating The Unraveller in the one True World, Fionavar. In addition,

the tale is steeped in Celtic mythology and part of the fun is

matching characters back to specific myths and legends.

Knowles, Sir James, The Legends of King Arthur and his Knights,

(London, New York: Warne and Co., 1895).

Laubenthal, Sanders Anne. Excalibur (Ballantine Books, 1973 ISBN

0-345- 25635-23-195). Present day fiction concerning the current

Pendragon, a Welsh archaelogist, searching for Excalibur in Mobile,

Alabama (where legend says Prince Madoc of Wales hid it after Arthur's

final defeat) while another takes a Grail quest at the same time.

Morgan and Morgause oppose them. There is a strong Celtic flavor to

the conflict. Out of print.

Lewis, C.S., That Hideous Strength (part of a three book set). While

it does have much non-Arthurian material, it does deal a good bit with

the line of the Pendragons and one of the characters is the awakened

Merlinus Ambrosius.

Monroe, Douglas. The 21 Lessons of Merlyn.Llewellyn Publications, St.

Paul, MN, 1993 A study in druid magic and lore. It combines a

fictional tale with instructions on various druidic magic techniques.

ISBN 0-87542-496-1.

Saberhagen, Fred. Dominion. Dracula and Merlin have a longstanding

feud that threatens to undermine their resistance to the real source

of trouble -- Nimue. Set in modern day, this book is readable if a bit


Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queene. An excellent work and is Arthurian

at least in some of its sections, and should be comprehensible to

anyone who can read Malory.

Vance, Jack, Suldrun's Garden, The Green Pearl, Madouc (New York :

Berkeley Publishing Group, c1983/c1985/c1989). Collectively known as

the Lyonesse, and the first book is sometimes titled Lyonesse. These

books are written so as to involve themselves in the origin of the

round table and one or two of the knights found in Arthurian legend.

Walton, Evangeline, Prince of Annwn, The Children of Llyr, The Song of

Rhiannon and The Island of the Mighty (Del Rey, 1970). Modern

reworkings of The Mabinogion. Excellently written. May be hard to

find. Recently reissued in large tradeback.

Wagner, Matt. Mage: The Hero Discovered, 1984. Comico Comics. 15 issue

mini-series reprinted into 5 MageBooks. Return of Arthur to present

day. Good story, good artwork. Part one of a projected Trilogy. Wagner

has delayed finishing the other two, tentatively titled The Hero

Defined and The Hero Denied, but rumors talk of a 1995 release.

Wein, Elizabeth. The Winter Prince (Atheneum, 1992). A young adult

novel, told from the point of view of Mordraut (Mordred) about his

love-hate relationship with his father Artos and his half-brother and


Zelazny, Roger. The Last Defender of Camelot. Anthology. Avon, 1988.

ISBN 0-380-70316-5. Only the title story involves Lancelot and the

Holy Grail; the rest of the book is science fiction.

Celtic fiction
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Dorset, 1986. ISBN 0-88029-073-0.)

Alexander, Lloyd, The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, Castle of

Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King. Based on Celtic mythology, these

are excellent "children's" books.

Bedier, Joseph, Romance of Tristan & Iseult (Doubleday Anchor, 1945.)

As retold by Joseph Bedier. Trans. Hilaire Belloc. Completed by Paul

Rosenfeld. New York, Random House, 1965.

Flint, Kenneth C. Riders of the Sidhe, Champions of the Sidhe, ??

which collectively are a retelling of the Irish myth of Lugh Lamfada.

Isle of Destiny (Cuchulain), and Cromm (horror with Celtic


Flynn, Casey, The Gods of Ireland (Bantam/Spectra). This is a series

of books which retell the mythic cycle of Irish legends. The

individual books are short and do stand alone, at least the first two


Gantz, Jeffrey, Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Penguin, 1981. ISBN


Garner, Alan. The Owl Service. New York: Ballentine Books, 1981 (First

published: London and Glasgow: William Collins Sons & Company, 1967).

Based on the Welsh tales of Llew Llaw Gyffes.

Humphreys, Emyr, The Taliesin Tradition, (Black Raven, 1983. ISBN

0-85159-002-0.) Boring.

Jackson, Kenneth, A Celtic Miscellany (Penguin, 1951. ISBN


Jacobs, Joseph, Celtic Fairy Tales (Dover, 1968. ISBN 0-486-21826-0.)

Llywelyn, Morgan, Red Branch (Ivy Books, Ballantine Books, 1989. ISBN:

0-8041-0591-X. Retells the story of the Irish warrior-hero: Cuchulain,

the Hound of Ulster. Has also written Grania, The Horse Goddess, Lion

of Ireland and Bard.

Paxson, Diana L., The White Raven (Avon Books, 1988). Retelling of the

Tristan/Iseult legend, from the point of view of Iseult's slave/maid.

A pretty, romantic sort of tale. Set in Britain after the collapse of

King Arthur's peace.

Peacock, Thomas Love. The Misfortunes of Elphin (c1829; many

reprints). An irreverent take on the Mabinogion.

Rolleston, T.W., Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race (Constable,

1911. recent reprint, no date. ISBN 0-09-467720-4)

Weston, Jesse L. From Ritual to Romance (Anchor, 1957.) A work on the


Yeats, Wm. Butler, The Celtic Twilight (Signet, 1962.)

Yeats, Wm. Butler and Lady Gregory, A Treasury of Irish Myth, Legend,

and Folklore (Avenel Books, 1986. ISBN: 0-517-48904-X. Irish tales,

plus the legend of Cuchulain.


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