King Arthur & the Matter of Britain

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[Picture - Tapestry: King Arthur as one of the Nine Worthies]
Arthurian 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

King 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 Sources of British History page also includes some original Arthurian documents.
Arthurian Resources by Thomas Green, a scholarly survey site emphasizing current research, with excellent bibliographical notes on reliable editions of the source materials.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester includes a massive collection of Arthurian texts, images, and bibliographies, thoroughly indexed and accessible by subject.
Arthur: A Man for the Ages is David White's site on the history and legends of Arthur. Heavily cross-referenced.
Arthuriana, the Journal of Arthurian Studies.
The TEAMS 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.
Llys Arthur / Arthur's Court explores the Welsh origins of the Arthurian cycle. It's part of Jeff Davies' Gwarnant, 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.
Arthurian Legend, 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. New !

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 !
Taliesin's Successors: 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.

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26 December 2005