King Arthur Timeline: A Complete List of Stories and Tales

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Arthurian Legends have permeated our culture. They have become a key part of storytelling today. Nevertheless, there is always more to learn, more stories to dig into. This is our list of Arthurian stories.

What’s on this list of Arthurian stories?

We already have a list of literature related to Arthurian legends. This is not the same type of list. This is a list of individual stories that those texts contain. Some texts can have multiple stories, and each story can be told in multiple ways across many texts.

If you want to read some of these stories, we recommend our list of Arthurian texts, linked above. And if you have a favorite story that is not listed here, we recommend letting us know!

We hope you enjoy this list! If you like it, you might want to consider visiting our Arthurian Legends Hub for similar resources. Check it out!

#TitleDescriptionPrimary Text(s)Key Character(s)Notes
1Brutus of BritainKing Brutus and his crew flee Troy and colonize Great Britain.History of the Kings of BritainBrutus
2The Origin of the Holy GrailJoseph of Arimathea brings the Grail to Great Britain, and other adventures of him and his companions.French VulgateJoseph of Arimathea
3The Birth and Childhood of MerlinMerlin is conceived of a demon. As a young man he prophecies to Vortigern of his inevitable downfall.History of the Kings of Britain, French VulgateMerlin
4Ambrosius AurelianusThe death of Vortigern and the short reign of Ambrosius Aurelianus before his death and burial at Stonehenge.History of the Kings of BritainAmbrosius Aurelianus
5Uther Pendragon and IgraineUther becomes king. He falls for Igraine, wife of Gorlois.French VulgateUther Pendragon
6The Birth of ArthurArthur is born and given into Merlin's care. Uther dies.Le Morte d'ArthurArthur
7The Sword in the StoneArthur as a youth takes the sword from the stone and becomes King.French VulgateArthur
811 KingsThere is a rebellion from 11 local kings.Le Morte d'Arthur
9The Origin of LancelotLancelot is kidnapped by the Lady of the Lake at birth and raised.French VulgateLancelot
10The Birth of MordredArthur unknowingly conceives a child with his half-sister Morgause.French VulgateArthur, Morgause
11Arthur's marriage to GuenevereArthur marries QuenevereFrench VulgateArthur, Guenevere
12ExcaliburMerlin brings Arthur to the Lady of the Lake who gives him Excalibur.French VulgateArthur, Merlin, Lady of the Lake
13Merlin and VivianMerlin becomes enfatuated with the Lady of the Lake. He is imprisoned.French VulgateMerlin
14Arthur's Victory Over the SaxonsArthur defeats the Saxons at the Battle of Mt. Badon and other battlesFrench VulgateArthur
15Balin and BalanTwo brothers kill each other.French VulgateBalin, Balan
16The Knight of the CartGuenevere is kidnapped by Meleagant, is eventually rescued by Lancelot.Lancelot: The Knight of the CartLancelot, Guenevere
17Sir Gawain and the Green KnightGawain is tested by the Green Knight.Sir Gawain and the Green KnightGawain
18Culhwch and OlwenCulhwch falls in love with Olwen and recruits Arthur and his knights to help him win her hand.Culhwch and OlwenCulhwch, Olwen, Arthur
19Erec and EnideErec and Enide are married and go on adventures to improve Erec's reputation.Erec and EnideErec, Enide
20CligesThe story of Cliges and the love for his uncle's wife, Fenice.CligesCliges
21YvainYvain loses the love of his lady and performs many heroic deeds to regain her favor.Yvain: The Knight of the LionYvain
22Tom ThumbTom Thumb is born very small and has many adventuresTom a LincolnTom Thumb
23The Faerie Queen: Book 1The story of St. George and the Dragon, told in an Arthurian backdropThe Faerie QueenVarious
24The Faerie Queen: Book 2The story of Sir Guyon, the knight of Temperance as he fights against Acrasia.The Faerie QueenVarious
25The Faerie Queen: Book 3The story of Britomart, the knight of Chastity, as she fights various threats representing various types of love or lack thereof.The Faerie QueenVarious
26The Lady of ShalottA woman dies upon seeing Lancelot.The Lady of ShalottLady of Shalott
27Arthur Defeats the RomansArthur fights against Lucius of the Romans and winsHistory of the Kings of BritainArthur
28Tristan and IseultTristan and the wife of his uncle, Iseult, fall in love against their better judgement.French VulgateTristan, Iseult
29Morgan le Fay and AccolonAccolon and Morgan le Fay conspire to replcae Excalibur with a fake. Le Morte d'ArthurMorgan le Fay
30The Quest for the Holy GrailGalahad, Perceval, and others pursue the Holy Grail.French VulgateGalahad, Perceval, Bors
31The Betrayal of Lancelot and GuenevereLancelot and Guenevere have an affair. When confronted Lancelot leaves Camelot and saves Guenevere from execution.French VulgateLancelot, Guenevere
32The Death of ArthurAfter Lancelot's betrayal, Arthur is forced to fight him, is betrayed by Mordred and killed. French VulgateArthur
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See also my ever-expanding list of primary and secondary sources.

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