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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.

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.
Author(s): Alan Lupack

Le Morte d’Arthur (1963)

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

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.
Author(s): John Matthews , Virginia Chandler, et al.

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…
Author(s): Mary Stewart

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).
Author(s): Caitlin Matthews, Caitlín Matthews

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.
Author(s): de Troyes, Chretien, William Comfort

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

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

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Author(s): De Troyes, Chretien;Carroll, Carleton W.;Kibler, William W.

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 & F…
Author(s): Bulfinch

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

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?
Author(s): T. H. White

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

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.
Author(s): Terry Madden, Digital Fiction

Best Arthurian Books You Should Read

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 Library 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 Arthur of the Low Countries: The Arthurian Legend in Dutch and Flemish Literature (Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages)

Author(s): Bart (editor), Brandsma (editor), Frank (editor)
ID: 3023734, Publisher: University of Wales Press, Year: 2021, Size: 8 Mb, Format: pdf

Afterlives of the Lady of Shalott and Elaine of Astolat

Author(s): Ann F. Howey
ID: 2866264, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Arthur in the Celtic Languages: The Arthurian Legend in Celtic Literatures and Traditions

Author(s): Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Erich Poppe
ID: 2519914, Publisher: University of Wales Press, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

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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