King Arthur & the Matter of Britain
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websites abound on the 'Net, some scholarly and some beautiful, some weird and
some downright wacky. Here are my favorite survey sites, and some explorations of the
power of these tales today.
Sources and Stories
Arthur at Britannia, an internet magazine,
remains a good place to start your explorations of the Arthurian
legends, though many of its pages are now only available to subscribers. Includes essays by (and a conversation with)
Geoffrey Ashe, surveys of various aspects of the legend, and
an illustrated "Magical History Tour" of Britain. Britannia's
of British History page also includes some original
by Thomas Green, a scholarly survey site emphasizing current research, with excellent bibliographical
notes on reliable editions of the source materials.
Camelot Project at the University of Rochester includes a
massive collection of Arthurian texts, images, and bibliographies,
thoroughly indexed and accessible by subject.
A Man for the Ages is David White's site on the history and
legends of Arthur. Heavily cross-referenced.
Journal of Arthurian Studies.
Middle English Texts are published for TEAMS (The
Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in association with
the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications, Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The available texts include
many primary Arthurian sources.
/ Arthur's Court explores the Welsh origins of the Arthurian
cycle. It's part of Jeff Davies'
which aims "to be the best resource on the web for the history and
poetry of early-medieval and medieval Wales."
Glastonbury Abbey's official website.
a new survey site, features illustrations for Le Morte Darthur by the 20th
century Belgian/British artist and book illustrator Françoise Taylor.
King Arthur's Knights,
a dense survey site on the legends and "history" of Arthur and his knights, by Nathan Currin.
The Tale Grew in the Telling
A Handlist of
Arthurian Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1980-1989
by John J. Doherty, now at the Camelot Project., and its companion piece,
Arthurian Fantasy, 1980-1989: An analytical and bibliographical survey,
at Arthuriana. New !
Interviews with authors of modern Arthurian literature. Raymond H. Thompson interviews
John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy, Margaret Atwood, Nancy Bond, Joy Chant,
Michael Coney, Susan Cooper, Robertson Davies, Peter Dickinson,
Christopher Fry, Alan Garner, David Gurr, John Heath-Stubbs,
Kathleen Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Jim Hunter, Maria Jacobs,
Welwyn Wilton Katz, Guy Gavriel Kay, Patricia Kennealy, David Lodge,
William Mayne, Naomi Mitchison, Richard Monaco, Sharan Newman,
Andre Norton, Diana Paxson, Susan Shwartz, Mary Stewart,
Rosemary Sutcliff, Nikolai Tolstoy, Meriol Trevor, Peter
Vansittart, and Jane Yolen; at the Camelot Project.
Notes on the Illustrations ·
26 December 2005