King Arthur

Medieval Texts

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This section is devoted to collections of medieval Arthurian texts.

 Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology
Richard Barber compiled this fine collection, which includes an excellent variety of Continental and English selections as well as a few non-medieval retellings.

 The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation
This fine anthology, edited by James Wilhelm, features several excerpts from the Continental romances.

 The Romance of Arthur II.
Though this work, edited by James Wilhelm, is currently listed as out of print, Amazon may still be able to obtain a copy for you.

 The Romance of Arthur III: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation
The third in this fine sequence of anthologies, edited by James Wilhelm.
 Paperback (1988).

 The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature
Rachel Bromwich compiled this marvelous collection of Arthurian references in Welsh texts.

The best anthology is Brengle's Arthur, King of Britain. It contains material from the chronicles as well as the romances, as well as a section devoted to commentary from various periodsof history. The work is currently out of print, but Amazon can order it for you.

Major Medieval Arthurian Texts

These are groupings of some of the most famous medieval Arthurian texts.

Medieval Arthurian Poetry

Many of the most famous Arthurian works were written in poetry rather than prose. The poems in this section concentrate on single adventures within the tradition rather than covering epic portions of the legend.

Additional Poems

 Avowing of King Arthur: A Modern Verse Translation
Nirmal Dass's translation of this somewhat different Arthurian tale.

 The Canterbury Tales
Amid Chaucer's other enchanting stories, the "Wife of Bath's Tale" is influenced by the Arthurian tradition.
 Hardcover (Middle English Edition).

 King Arthur's Death (Penguin Classics)
Both the Alliterative and the Stanzaic Morte in one volume.

 Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney
This Icelandic Saga is set in the homeland of Sir Gawain.

Other Medieval Arthurian Texts

One of the earliest stories of Lancelot, this one by Ulrich von Zatzikhoven.

 Lanzelet: Eine Erzahlung
A German edition of Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's Lanzelet.

 Awntyrs Off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne: A Critical Edition
This is Robert Gate's edition of Guinevere and Gawain's encounter with the ghost of the Queen's mother.

 High Book of the Grail; Perlesvaus
This is Nigel Bryant's excellent translation of the Perlesvaus, a version of the Perceval story with some twists on the story of Lancelot that are not found anywhere else in the surviving Arthurian texts.

 A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures
This compilation, by Kenneth H. Jackson, includes a rather unusual version of the Tristan and Isolde story.

 Morien: A Metrical Romance Rendered into English Prose from the Mediaeval Dutch
From the Arthurian Romances Unrepresented in Malory's Morte Darthur series; commentary is included with Jessie L. Weston's fair translation of this extremely rare Arthurian romance.

 Three Arthurian Romances: Poems from Medieval France: Caradoc, the Knight With the Sword, the Perilous Graveyard
The Everyman edition of three hard-to-find Arthurian romances.

 "The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell."
Though this work is currently out of print, it is a wonderful piece, well worth searching for. Contact Amazon about obtaining a copy. (Search for "Ragnell" either from the form at the bottom of this page or click through this link to Amazon's page and search for "Ragnell" on their form.)

 A German View of Camelot: Wirnt Von Gravenberg's Wilgalois and Arthurian Tradition
Neil Thomas's edition of Wirnt Von Gravenberg's Wilgalois.

If you are looking for other Arthurian works (such as the Didot Perceval, Erex Saga and Ivens Saga, or Heinrich von dem Tčurlein's Diu Crone) that are not listed here, let me know at I'll see if there is a reprint or new edition available. If not, you can contact Amazon, and they may be able to find a used copy for you.

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