King Arthur

Scholarly Texts

Hundreds of texts have been written about the Arthurian legends. This list represents only a fraction of the works available from Amazon. Check back frequently as this is one section of the Dragonlords' Bookstore that is certain to grow! If you do not see a text that you would like to purchase, message me at and I'll add for you.

Arthurian Scholars

These folks have written several books on the Arthurian Legends. Follow the links to their individual pages.

Additional Scholarly Texts

These works are by authors who have only published one book in the field (that is currently in print) or by groups of authors.

 King Arthur in Antiquity
Graham Anderson considers the impact of tales of the kings of Arcadia and Lydia on the Arthurian tradition.

 Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's "Lanzelet": Narrative Style and Entertainment (Arthurian Studies)
Nicola McLelland discusses various aspects of one of the oldest stories about Lancelot.

 Lanzelet: Der biographische Artusroman als Auslegungsschema dynastischer Wissensbildung (Studia humaniora)
Ulrike Zellmann's study of Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's text.

 Untersuchungen zur mythischen Struktur der mittelhochdeutschen Artusepen: Ulrich von Zatzikhoven, "Lanzelet," Hartmann von Aue, "Erec" u. "Iwein" (Philologische Studien und Quellen: Heft 91)
Dagmar ÓRiain-Raedel presents this discussion of several important medieval Arthurian texts.

 Nart Sagas from the Caucasus: Myths and Legends from the Circassians, Abazas, Abkhaz, and Ubykhs
John Colarusso assembled, translated and annotated this collection of the Nart sagas. Among other things, he notes parallels between the Nart sagas and the Arthurian legends.

 Pendragon: The Definitive Account of the Origins of Arthur
In spite of the text's claims, this book is really just a reworking of the Welsh-origin hypothesis for Arthur.

 The World of King Arthur
Christopher Snyder's survey of the Arthurian tradition.

 King Arthur: Myth-Making and History
N. J. Higham's discussion of the evolution of the Arthurian legends and the reasons behind the popularity of the Arthurian tradition.

 A Companion to Malory
Elizabeth ARchibald and A.S.G. Edwards edited this excellent work; a must for all students of Malory!

 The Origin of the Grail Legend.
A.C.L. Brown's classic study is currently out of print. Contact Amazon about obtaining a copy. (Search for the title, Origin of the Grail from the form at the bottom of this page or click through this link and search for the title via the form on Amazon's site.)

 Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh's best-selling exploration of the Grail tradition.
 Spanish Language Edition

 Gottfried Von Strassburg's Tristan: Journey Through the Realm of Eros (Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture)
Hugo Bekker's discussion of the Tristan legend.

 Sir Perceval of Galles
Mary Flowers Braswell discusses the legend of Perceval.

 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Sources and Analogues (Arthurian Studies, Vol 27)
Elisabeth Brewer's discussion of the classic poem.

 The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature
Rachel Bromich, A.O.H. Jarman, and Brynley F. Roberts edited this collection of studies of Arthur in Welsh Literature.

 Iwain: Study of the Origin of the Arthurian Romance
Arthur C. Brown discusses the legend of Iwain.

 King Arthur's Place in Prehistory: The Great Age of Stonehenge
W.A. Cummins takes a look at elements from prehistory that effected the Middle Ages.

 Paganism in Arthurian Romance
John Darrah's hypotheses are a little more fantasy than fact.

 T.S. Eliot and Hermeneutics : Absence and Interpretation in the Waste Land
Harriet Davidson discusses Eliot's poem.

 The Lady of the Lake in Arthurian Legend
Christopher Dean's close look at the character of the Dame du Lac.

 Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom Trilogy
David C. Downing discusses C.S. Lewis's Space trilogy.

 Arthur: The King in the West
Robert W. Dunning argues for a "Cornish" King Arthur.

 The Arthurian Legend in the Literatures of the Spanish Peninsula
William James Entwistle's excellent study of the Arthurian traditions of the Spanish Peninsula.

 The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit
Guido Stucco translated Evola's study of the Grail tradition.

 Legend: The Arthurian Tarot
Anna-Marie Ferguson presents the Arthurian tarot deck.
 1997 edition.

 Sir Thomas Malory: An Anecdotal Bibliography of Editions, 1485-1985 (Ams Studies in the Middle Ages, No. 10)
Barry Gaines's discussion of the different editions of Malory's classic.

 The Waste Land As Grail Romance: Eliot's Use of the Medieval Grail Legends (Graduate Studies, No 6)
Everett A. Gillis examines Eliot's poem.

 Legend of Arthur in British and American Literature
Jennifer R. Goodman compares the British and American versions of Arthur.

 Reclamation of a Queen: Guinevere in Modern Fantasy
Barbara Ann Gordon-Wise looks at the character of Guinevere in modern fiction.

 Cei and the Arthurian Legend
Linda Gowans discusses the character of Sir Kay (Cei).

 Chretien De Troyes: Inventor of the Modern Novel
Foster E. Guyer examines the works and life of Chretien de Troyes.

 Romance in the Making: Chretien De Troyes and the Earliest French Romances
Foster E. Guyer discusses the relationships between Chretien's works and other romances.

 King Arthur: A Military History
Michael Holmes explores Arthur's battles, partially through historical analysis, partially through speculative reconstruction.

 The Taliesin Tradition: A Quest for the Welsh Identity
Emyr Humphrey's rather dry discussion of the Taliesin tradition.

 The Anatomy of Love: The Tristan of Gottfried Von Strassburg
William Thomas Hobdell Jackson's study of Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan.

 The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden: Understanding the Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine and Feminine Psychology
Robert A. Johnson discusses the Grail tradition's Fisher King and other material in this work about the psychology of women; heavy on the Jungian interpretation.

 The Grail Legend
Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz's classic work; a must-have for any Grail scholar!

 The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend: The Archetypal Themes, Images, and Characters of the Arthurian Cycle and Their Place in the Western Magical . . .
Gareth Knight takes a look at the Arthurian legends using mysticism and Jungian psychology.

 Gareth Knight Tarot Deck/Gk78
The Gareth Knight edition of the standard tarot deck.

 Knighthood in the Morte Darthur (Arthurian Studies, 11)
Beverly Kennedy's discussion of Malory's particular rendition of the medieval institution of knighthood.

 Isle of Avalon: Sacred Mysteries of Arthur and Glastonbury Tor
Nicholas Mann's examination of the Arthurian tradition; heavy on the Celtic-origin interpretation and aimed at a popular audience.

 Arthur and Tristan: On the Intersection of Legends in German Medieval Literature (Tristania Monographs Series ; V. 2)
William C. McDonald's discussion of the Tristan legend.

 Arthurian Romance and Modern Poetry and Music
Renowned Arthurian scholar William A. Nitze looks at the tradition's impact on modern music and poetry.

 The Fisher King
A W.W. Norton book on the Fisher King. No other information available at this time.

 The Return of King Arthur and the Nibelungen: National Myth in Nineteenth-Century English and German Literature
Maike Oergel's extensive study.

 King Arthur's Return: Legends of the Round Table and Holy Grail Retraced
Helena Patterson teamed with illustrator Courtney Davis for this exploration of the Arthurian legends.

 About the Round Table: Kind Arthur in Art & Literature (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications in Print)
This study of the relationship between the legends and the visual arts was written by Margaret R. Scherer.

 T.S. Elliot's the Waste Land (Critical Studies of Key Texts)
Gareth Reeves compiled this critical study of "The Waste Land."

 Celtic Mythology: The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth from Druidism to Arthurian Legend
Ward Rutherford described Celtic impact on the legends.

 Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend
Martin B. Shichtman and James P. Carley edited this collection of essays, which discuss how various social groups have reinterpretted the Arthurian legends over the centuries.

 Camelot Regained: The Arthurian Revival and Tennyson, 1800-1849
Roger Simpson examines Tennyson's use of the Arthurian legends.

 Popular Arthurian Traditions
Sally K. Slocum edited this collection of essays by famous scholars in which they take a look at the modern impact of the Arthurian legends.

 Merlin's Daughters: Contemporary Women Writers of Fantasy (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, No 23)
Charlotte Spivack's study of female fantasy writers.

 Celtic Myth and Legend
Charles Squire discusses Celtic traditions, including the Arthurian legends.

 Gottfried Von Strassburg and the Medieval Tristan Legend: Papers from an Anglo-North American Symposium (Arthurian Studies, 23)
Adrian Stevens and Roy Wisbey edited this exploration of the Tristan legend.

 The Return of King Arthur : British and American Arthurian Literature Since 1900 I.E. 1800
This work, by Beverly Taylor and Elisabeth Brewer, contains extensive bibliography.

 Tristan in the Underworld: A Study of Gottfreid Von Strassburg's Tristan Together With the Tristan of Thomas
Neil Thomas takes a look at two of the best known versions of the Tristan legend.

 The Return from Avalon: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction
Raymond Thompson's wonderful survey of modern Arthurian fiction.

 The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film : From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings
Rebecca A. Umland and Samuel J. Umland discuss cinematic versions of the legends.

 The Real King Arthur: A History of Post-Roman Britannia A.D. 410-A.D. 593
P.F.J. Turner's fine study of the world of post-Roman Britain and the historical figures who may have contributed to the Arthurian tradition.

 The Rise of Romance
Eminent Arthurian scholar Eugene Vinaver discusses the romance tradition.

 Merlin in German Literature: A Study of the Merlin Legend in German Literature from Medieval Beginnings to the End of Romanticism
Adelaide M. Weiss's study of the German version of Merlin.

 The Legends of King Arthur in Art
Muriel Whitaker looks at the Arthurian legends as they are represented in the visual arts.

 Approaches to Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
A wonderful resource even if you don't need to teach the poem; a valuable resource if you do.

 Celtic Mythology: The Nature and Influence of Celtic Myth from Druidism to Arthurian Legend
Ever wonder what some of the Celtic elements are in the Arthurian legends? Here's one place to find out!

 T.S. Eliot's the Waste Land (Modern Critical Interpretations)
Studies of "The Waste Land" from a variety of authors.

Make sure your visit our Medieval History section for additional texts covering the Age of Arthur.

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