The Arthurian Collection

Founding Texts

The following are some of the earlier texts that contain some of the first mentions or stories involving Arthur. They are far different from what we now think of when we think of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae (On the Ruin of Britain) by St. Gildas

De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae by St. Gildas

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Y Gododdin, by Aneirin

Y Gododdin, by Aneirin

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Culhwch and Olwen, by Anonymous

Culhwch and Olwen, by Anonymous

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Historia Brittonum, by Nennius

Historia Brittonum, by Nennius

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The Golden Age of Arthurian Texts

These texts date from the 12th to the 16th century, the time period that is largely considered the golden age of Arthurian literature, where most of the elements we now associate with the legend were spawned, starting primarily with History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth, and peaking with Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.

Lives of the Saints by Various

Lives of the Saints, by Various

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Historia Regum Britanniae or History of the Kings of Britain, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

Historia Regum Britanniae, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Vita Merlini, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

Vita Merlini, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Roman de Brut, by Wace

Roman de Brut, by Wace

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Gesta Regum Anglorum, by William of Malmesbury

Gesta Regum Anglorum, by William of Malmesbury

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Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes

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Erec et Enide, by Chretien de Troyes

Erec et Enide, by Chretien de Troyes

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Cliges, by Chretien de Troyes

Cliges, by Chretien de Troyes

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Yvain, by Chretien de Troyes

Yvain, by Chretien de Troyes

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Lancelot, by Chretien de Troyes

Lancelot, by Chretien de Troyes

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Parzival, by Wolfram von Eschenbach

Parzival, by Wolfram von Eschenbach

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Perlesvaus: The High History of the Holy Graal

Perlesvaus: The High History of the Holy Graal

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Brut y Brenhinedd, by Anonymous

Brut y Brenhinedd, by Anonymous

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Sir Tristrem, by Anonymous

Sir Tristrem, by Anonymous

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Stanzaic Morte Arthur, by Anonymous

Stanzaic Morte Arthur, by Anonymous

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Brut, by Layamon

Brut, by Layamon

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Le Morte d'Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory

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The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser

The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser

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