King Arthur

Modern Arthurian Fiction

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The popularity of the Arthurian legends has waxed and waned since the Middle Ages, but lately the Arthurian tradition has been enjoying a tremendous renaissnace in the form of the modern novel. Arthurian novels are published faster than I can code <g>, so check back frequently to see what I've added! If you do not see a text that you would like to purchase, message me at and I'll add it for you.


These authors have written more than one book that is still in print about King Arthur or that uses Arthurian themes.


 Time of the Vampires
Edited by P.N. Elrod & Martin H. Greenberg. Includes Bradley H. Sinor's "Oaths"", about Lancelot.

Arthurian short stories, edited by Martin H. Greenberg. Includes Bradley H. Sinor's "Central Park", about Lancelot, and stories by Charles De Lint, Andre Norton, Diana Paxson and Jane Yollen.

 Warrior Fantastic
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg. Includes Bradley H. Sinor's "Final Score", about Lancelot.

 Knight Fantastic
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg. Includes Bradley H. Sinor's "And The Wind Sang", about Lancelot.

 Fiddler Fair
This title that sounds as if it's from the Bardic Voices series, but it's not. Instead this is a fine collection of Mercedes Lackey's short stories (many co-authored with Larry Dixon), including one about Excalibur and another about the Holy Grail.

 The Camelot Chronicles: Heroic Adventures from the Time of King Arthur
A thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories, edited by Mike Ashley. Hardcover.

 The Pendragon Chronicles: Heroic Fantasy from the Time of King Arthur
Another collection of short stories, edited by Mike Ashley. Hardcover.

 Isaac Asimov's Camelot
A collection of Arthurian stories that originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

 King Arthur & His Knights
Sir James Knowles's retelling of several, well-known Arthurian legends.
 1986 Edition.

 Arthurian Drama: An Anthology
Alan Lupack compiled this collection of six plays that make use of Arthurian themes.

 Modern Arthurian Literature: An Anthology of English and American Arthuriana from the Renaissance to the Present
Alan Lupack edited this fine collection.

 The Lost Books of Merlyn: Druid Magic from the Age of Arthur
Another blend of fiction and perceived fact, though the work is more valuable as a collection of short stories than as a scholarly resource.

 That Way Lies Camelot
Janny Wurts's short stories about Camelot.

Juvenile Books

Here are some retellings of the Arthurian legends that are aimed at younger readers. More juvenile titles can be found under the names of authors who have published multiple Arthurian novels, so be sure to check those out as well!

 Arthur, High King of Britain
Michael Morpurgo's retelling is aimed at grades 3 through 7.

 The Dwarf, the Giant, and the Unicorn: A Tale of King Arthur
An unusual retelling of the Arthurian legend for ages 4-8.

 A String in the Harp
Nancy Bond's novel about a modern boy who finds a magical way to view scenes from Taliesin's life. Ages 9-12.
Library Binding
Puffin Newberry Library Edition
Turtleback (1987)
Turtleback (1996)

 The Age of Chivalry: The Illustrated Bulfinch's Mythology
This includes a classic, easily accessible summary of the Arthurian legends for juveniles and beginners.
Paperback (1998). (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Paperback (1962). (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Paperback set. (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Hardcover (1987). (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Hardcover (1989).
Hardcover (1993). (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Reprint. (Includes Legends of Charlemagne)
Mass Market Paperback. (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Turtleback. (Includes Age of Fable and Legends of Charlemagne)
Audio (1994).
Audio (1985).

 The Third Magic
Welwyn Wilton Katz has a fifteen-year-old descendent of Morgan Le Fey take on aliens in this novel for young adults.

 The Boy's King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
A children's version of Malory, edited by Sidney Lanier.

 King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
The 1977 juvenile edition of Malory, edited by Sidney Lanier.

 The Tale of Sir Gawain
Neil Philip retells the story of Sir Gawain for ages 4-8.

 I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot
Nancy Springer tells the legend of Camelot from Mordred's point of view in this novel for young adults.

 The Winter Prince
Elizabeth E. Wein retells the Camelot story from Mordred's point of view for a young adult audience.

Janet Yolen edited this juvenile rendition for ages 9 through 12.


Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue's novelization of his script.

Juvenile book that accompanied the release of the movie.

 Dragonheart: Junior Novelization
Juvenile book for preteens that accompanied the release of the movie.

 Dragonheart Activity Book
Children's activity book that accompanied the release of the movie.

 Dragonheart Fantasy Card-Game Book
The first MUD book; based on the movie Dragonheart.

 The Making of Dragonheart
Not technically a novel, but it seemed to belong in with the other Dragonheart books <g>.

Quest for Camelot

This faulous juvenile series is written by a variety of authors.

 Quest for Camelot
The Quest for Camelot series from Scholastic Trade, aimed at ages 4 to 8.

 The Search for Excalibur (Quest for Camelot)
The Quest for Camelot characters look for the legendary sword; aimed at ages 4 to 8.

 The Battle for Camelot (Quest for Camelot)
An installment of the Quest for Camelot series from Scholastic Trade, aimed at ages 4 to 8.

 Quest for Camelot (VHS)
The animated movie, featuring Pierce Brosnan as the voice of King Arthur.

(Though this work is currently listed as no longer available in this format, Amazon may still be able to obtain a copy for you.)

 Spanish dubbed.
 DVD format.

Stand-Alone Works

Robert Nye's racy take on the Arthurian legend. There used to be a subtitle: "An Adult Fantasy" or something like that. This is not a book for children.

 The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
Joseph Bedier's retelling of the Tristan story.

 Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice
James Branch Cabell's protagonist encounters Guinevere, among a host of other characters, in this Pilgrim's Progress-type novel from the early twentieth century.

 Port Eternity
C.J. Cherryh's wonderful tale of what happens when androids who are named Lancelot, Guinevere, Mordred and so forth get their hands on a copy of Tennyson's Idylls of the King and start acting out the tale.

 The Pendragon
Catherine Christian's superb novel.

 The Forever King
Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy's tale about what happens when the Arthurian characters get reincarnated in modern Chicago.

 The Dragon Lord
David Drake's historicization of the Arthurian legends.

 The World of Camelot: King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table
Michael Foss's retelling of some of the best-known Arthurian legends. Hardcover.

 The Dragon Waiting: A Masque of History
John M. Ford's rendition of the Arthurian legend.

 The Bear of Britain
Edward Frankland offers his version of the Arthurian legend.

 The Grail Tree
Jonathan Gash makes use of the Grail legend in this mystery novel.
Paperback Reprint.
Large Print.

 The Fisher King: The Book of the Film
The companion book to Terry Gilliam's acclaimed film.

The first book in Kim Headlee's Arthurian series. If you would like to contact the author about her work, you can reach her at or by visiting her website at

 Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady
Selina Hastings's retelling of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" for ages 9-12; beautifully illustrated by Juan Wijngaard.

This wonderful group of stories by Dierdre Headon contains some tales from the Arthurian legends; illustrated by Julek Heller.

 Percival and the Presence of God
Jim Hunter's presentation of the Grail legend.

 King & Raven
Set in the thirteenth-century, this novel by Cary James follows the adventures of a young man who goes to Arthur's court to seek revenge for his sister's rape.

A feminist reading of the legends from Mary J. Jones.

 Idylls of the Queen
Sir Kay plays detective in this superb novel by Phyllis Ann Karr, author of The Arthurian Companion.

Mitzi Kleidon's new take on the timeless tradition.

 A Trace of Memory
At first this novel by Keith Laumer does not appear to be Arthurian, but hang in there; about halfway through the Arthurian material shows up.

 Looking for Arthur: A Once and Future Travelogue
Richard Leviton's autobiographical fiction in which a modern-day Grail knight explores the world of King Arthur.

 Small World: An Academic Romance
David Lodge uses the story of Perceval in this twist on the Arthurian tradition.
Reprint Edition.

 The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic and Lore
Douglas Monroe blends a fictional tale with descriptions of what he believes are druidic magic techniques.

 Queen's Champion: The Legend of Lancelot Retold
Chris Newport retells the story of Lancelot in first person; the edition is beautifully illustrated by Ron Rousselle III and Edward Beard Jr.

Walter Percy's Classic rendition of the tale.

 King Arthur & the Legends of Camelot
Molly Perham tells the story from Merlin's point of view; illustrated by Julek Heller.

 The Camelor Caper
Elizabeth Peter's delightful spoof of the Camelot story.
Paperback. (The main listing is for the Mass Market Paperback.)

 Guinevere: The True Story of One Woman's Quest for Her Past Life Identity and the Healing of Her Eternal Soul
Guinevere's reincarnation narrates Laurel Phelan's well-written novel.

 Last Call
Tim Powers uses the legend of Parsifal as part of this fanciful novel, where Bugsy Siegel is the Fisher King and a supernatural game of poker is played with Tarot cards.

 A Glastonbury Romance
An enormous (1000+ pages) novel by John Cowper Powys.

 The Last Pendragon
Bedwyr narrates Robert Price's novel about what happened after Arthur's death.

Not only is this a great update and retelling of the Arthurian legend, it is also one of Fred Saberhagen's best Dracula books!

 Camelot Fantastic
Lawrence Schimel edited this fabulous short story collection.

 Tortilla Flat
John Steinbeck used Malory as a pattern for this classic novel.
 Penguin Edition.
 Novels and Stories, 1932-1937: The Pastures of Heaven/to a God Unknown/Tortilla Flat/in Dubious Battle/of Mice and Men (Library of America, 72)

 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain at his satiric best as he takes on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

 The Wings of a Falcon
A young adult historical novel by Cynthia Voigt, proposing what the "real" story of Camelot might have been like for the purpose of showing how stories change with the retelling; this is the third book in a series of similar novels.

 War in Heaven
Charles Williams, an associate of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, wrote this dark novel.

 Road to Avalon
Joan Wolf's romantic retelling of the Arthurian legends puts some new twists on old relationships..

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