FOR over a thousand years, storytellers have spun tales of King Arthur of Britain, his Queen Guinevere, and the circle of his noble Knights. Why do these stories endure? How does an outlaw in Lincoln green with a taste for disguise and foolery survive for six hundred years to inspire disguised tricksters from Alta California to Revolutionary France to the farthest reaches of the galaxy?

How have these songs and stories twisted and turned over the centuries, and how have they defined our expectations of heroism, romance, and adventure?

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For ten years, from 1997 to 2007, Legends chronicled my personal journey through the worlds of Robin Hood, King Arthur, D'Artagnan, and other swashbuckling characters of balladry, fiction, and film, from the shores of Avalon to the dungeons of Zenda.

This archive preserves The Best of Legends - links to primary source material, scholarship, essays, and historical surveys - romance, adventure, and panache.

Come, explore the worlds of Legends!

   -  Paula Kate Marmor

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