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Best Arthurian Books You Should Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Arthurian books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics) (1991)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadFantastic adventures abound in these courtly romances: , , , , and .For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators….
Author(s): Chrétien de Troyes, William W. Kibler, et al.

2. The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend (Oxford Quick Reference) (2007)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadThe Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is both a critical history of the Arthurian tradition and a reference guide to Arthurian works, names, characters, symbols, and places. Seven essays offer a comprehensive survey of the legends in all of their manifestations, from their origins in medieval literature to their adaptation in modern literature, arts, film, and popular culture. It also demonstrates the tremendous continuity of the legends by examining the ways that they have been reinterpreted over the years. The indispensable reference on…
Author(s): Alan Lupack

3. Le Morte d’Arthur (1963)

Best Arthurian Books You Should Read1963 paperback…
Author(s): Thomas Malory, Norma Lorre Goodrich

4. Arthurian Magic: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Camelot (2017)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadDiscover a system of magical work based on the stories of Arthur and his legendary realm. With meditations, rituals, visualizations, and pioneering shamanic techniques, Arthurian Magic leads you on a profound soul journey designed to raise consciousness and unleash deep levels of wisdom. Discover dozens of exercises and a complete twelve-month course of study that will bring the mysteries alive and open your inner awareness to the mystical power of these profound legends. Dozens of magical groups and countless individuals have turned to the Arthurian…
Author(s): John Matthews , Virginia Chandler, et al.

5. The Crystal Cave (Book I of the Arthurian Saga) (1983)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadGrade Level: 2 – 3 Series: Book I of the Arthurian Saga Paperback Publisher: Demco Media (June 1, 1983) Language: English ISBN-10: 0606189939 ISBN-13: 978-0606189934 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 226 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,399,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #347297 in Historical Fiction (Books) #2053 in Arthurian Fantasy (Books) #330737 in Contemporary Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a…
Author(s): Mary Stewart

6. King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion (2002)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadReveals how the ancient Celtic text of the Mabinogion was the mythical predecessor to the legends of King Arthur. • Revised edition of Arthur and the Sovereignty of Britain (UK) that includes the author’s latest research and insights. • A comprehensive reader’s companion with synopsis of stories and full commentary. • Written by renowned scholar Caitlín Matthews, author of The Celtic Wisdom Tarot (15,000 sold). The ancient Celtic stories of the Mabinogion have received universal recognition from scholars as both sources of the Arthurian legend and keys to insights into…
Author(s): Caitlin Matthews, Caitlín Matthews

7. Arthurian Romances (2019)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadChretien de Troyes was a French poet in the late 12th century whose work represents some of the best examples of Arthurian legend from medieval times. Contained in this volume are the author’s four completed Arthurian romances. The first of these stories is that of “Erec and Enide”, which recounts the story of Erec, one of King Arthur’s knights, and the conflict between love and knighthood he experiences in his marriage to Enide. The second romance is the tale of the knight “Cligès” and his love for his uncle’s wife, Fenice. The…
Author(s): de Troyes, Chretien, William Comfort

8. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARTHURIAN ROMANCES (1963)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadPaperback Publisher: [Hutchinson; 1St Edition edition (1963) ASIN: B001V60AXY Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,753,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Roger Sherman Loomis

9. Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics) [Paperback] [1991] (Author) Chrétien de Troyes, William W. Kibler, Carleton W. Carroll (1991)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadWill be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee….
Author(s): De Troyes, Chretien;Carroll, Carleton W.;Kibler, William W.

10. The Age of Chivalry and the Legends of Charlemagne or Romance in the Middle Ages (1995)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadPaperback Publisher: Penguin Group USA (1995) Language: English ISBN-10: 0452011531 ISBN-13: 978-0452011533 ASIN: B002J34IMM Package Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,779,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #16115 in Folklore & Mythology Studies #140263 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Bulfinch

11. The Arthurian Handbook by Norris J. Lacy (1988-09-01) (1826)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadPaperback Publisher: Garland Publishing, Inc. (1826) ASIN: B01K2QSQPW Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Norris J. Lacy;Geoffrey Ashe

12. The Once and Future King – the Classic Arthurian Epic (1988)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadPaperback: 640 pages Publisher: Fontana / Collins; New Ed edition (1988) Language: English ISBN-10: 0006153100 ISBN-13: 978-0006153108 Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 1.5 inches Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 723 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,089,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #324727 in Historical Fiction (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): T. H. White

13. Idylls of the King and a New Selection of Poems (Signet Classics) (2003)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadAlfred, Lord Tennyson evokes past and present, seeking to reconcile the Victorian zeal for public progress with private despair. Full of eloquence, epic grandeur, and myth, his haunting, rhapsodic poems still cast their lyrical spell today….
Author(s): Alfred Tennyson, Glenn Everett

14. The Salamander’s Smile (Three Wells of the Sea) (2017)

Best Arthurian Books You Should ReadWhen Talan’s warships anchor at the Isle of Glass, Lyleth knows he’s come for his little cousin. and Lyleth will do anything to get her daughter back.Six years have passed since the English teacher, Hugh Cavendish, journeyed to the Five Quarters. When he discovers his ailing Aunt Merryn has not only been to the Five Quarters but has found a way back, Hugh vows to follow her.He’d best hurry, for an ancient god-king stirs in his stony tomb and whispers in Talan’s ear, “None but ye can set me free.” Thank you for your interest in our book. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed presenting it. -…
Author(s): Terry Madden, Digital Fiction

Books shelved as arthurian-legend: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart Xenophon wrote: “Lest anyone be misled, a couple of books I added, Last Call and The Drawing of the Dark, both by Tim Powers, are Arthurian, but they take place a long time after the classic Matter of Britain.” I’ve not heard of these, but I will check them out. Thanks for the notice. Cheryl Carpinello author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend Books shelved as arthurian: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, Le Mo The book was passed to Arthur’s true son, and from Arthur’s son came the Knights Templar. Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon is the classic of modern reinterpretations of the Arthurian legend through the points of view of powerful women behind Camelot, namely Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and Morgause. The revived Arthurian romance also proved influential in the United States, with such books as Sidney Lanier’s The Boy’s King Arthur (1880) reaching wide audiences and providing inspiration for Mark Twain’s satire A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889).

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some arthurian books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Author(s): Karen Sullivan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2366587

The Legacy of Courtly Literature: From Medieval to Contemporary Culture

Author(s): Deborah Nelson-Campbell, Rouben Cholakian (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179163

Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend: The Quest for Knowledge

Author(s): Katie Garner
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2181143

Women of Words in Le Morte Darthur: The Autonomy of Speech in Malory’s Female Characters

Author(s): Siobhán M. Wyatt
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1580537

Merlin and the Grail: Joseph of Arimathea, Merlin, Perceval: The Trilogy of Arthurian Prose Romances attributed to Robert de Boron

Author(s): Robert de Boron, Nigel Bryant
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2271342

Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature

Author(s): Frank Brandsma, Carolyne Larrington, Corinne Saunders
Publisher: D. S. Brewer, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1416070

Arthurus Redivivus: Arthurian Imitation in Early Plantagenet England, 1154–1307

Author(s): Christopher Michael Berard
Publisher: University of Toronto, Year: 2015, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2211217

The Avowing of King Arthur

Author(s): Roger Dahood
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2015, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2293141

Re-vision from the Mists: The Development of a Literary Genre of Feminist Arthuriana as an Allegorical Response to Second Wave Feminist Politics

Author(s): Sara Diane Cooley
Publisher: Vassar College, Year: 2015, Size: 741 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400886

Cultural Stereotyping in Arthurian Films

Author(s): P. van Laarhoven
Publisher: Utrecht University, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2400898

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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