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.

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De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae by St. Gildas

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Y Gododdin, by Aneirin

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Culhwch and Olwen, by Anonymous

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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.

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Lives of the Saints, by Various

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Historia Regum Britanniae, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Vita Merlini, by Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Roman de Brut, by Wace

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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

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Cliges, by Chretien de Troyes

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Yvain, by Chretien de Troyes

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Lancelot, by Chretien de Troyes

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Parzival, by Wolfram von Eschenbach

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Perlesvaus: The High History of the Holy Graal

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Brut y Brenhinedd, by Anonymous

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Sir Tristrem, by Anonymous

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Stanzaic Morte Arthur, by Anonymous

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Brut, by Layamon

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Le Morte d’Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory

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The Faerie Queene, Part I, by Edmund Spenser

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The Faerie Queene, Part II, by Edmund Spenser

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The Misfortunes of Arthur, by Thomas Hughes

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