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Arthurian Resources: The Best Books About Arthurian Legend

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The Arthurian mythos is expansive and requires an insane amount of research to master. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of resources to help you out. This is our list of the best Arthurian resources and reference books out there.

What’s on this List of Arthurian Resources?

This list consists primarily of reference books to help you learn more and more about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Once you make it through these books, you’ll know most of the scholarship on the subject. We’ve also included a number of documentaries and some really great websites to help you out.

Where to start?

This list can be a lot to swallow, as it’s a lot to read. We HIGHLY recommend starting with the Arthurian Handbook, which will give you a great overview of the subject. The Illustrated Encyclopedia is pretty great too. After that the documentaries are a great way to familiarize yourself with the subject on a somewhat basic level. Then you’ll be ready to dive into the heavier books to learn even more about the Arthurian Legends.

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

And if you see any significant resource you think we should add, don’t hesitate to let us know!

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Check PriceThe Tristan LegendBookSigmund Eisner1969-01-01Reference Books
2Check PriceThe Discovery of King ArthurBookGeoffrey Ashe 1985-01-01Reference Books
3Check PriceThe Quest for Arthur's BritainBookGeoffrey Ashe 1987-01-01Reference Books
4Check PriceThe Legend of King Arthur in ArtBookMuriel Whitaker 1990-09-01Reference Books
5Check PriceIllustrated Encyclopedia of Arthurian LegendBookRonan Coghlan1995-01-01Reference Books
6Check PriceThe Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood FilmBookSamuel J. Umland, Rebecca A. Umland1996-10-30Reference Books
7Check PriceKing Arthur in Legend and HistoryBookRichard White1997-01-01Reference Books
8Check PriceThe Arthurian HandbookBookNorris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Debra Mancoff1997-10-01Reference Books
9Check PriceThe Arthurian Name DictionaryBookChristopher W. Bruce1998-12-01Reference Books
10Check PriceKing Arthur in AmericaBookAlan Lupack1999-05-01Reference Books
11Check PriceCeltic Legends - Arthurian LegendsTelevision1999-12-01Documentaries
12Check PriceAppropriating King ArthurBookElisabeth Michelsson 1999-12-10Reference Books
13Check PriceArthurian Legends on Film and TelevisionBookBert Olton2000-04-01Reference Books
14Check PriceThe World of King ArthurBookChristopher Snyder (2000-11-01Reference Books
15Check PriceLegends of King ArthurTelevisionNikolai Tolstoy2001-01-01Documentaries
16Check PriceArthur's BritainBookLeslie Alcock2002-02-26Reference Books
17Check PriceKing Arthur in Popular CultureBookDonald L. Hoffman2002-03-20Reference Books
18Check PriceCinema ArthurianaBookKevin J. Harty 2002-08-26Reference Books
19Check PriceKing Arthur's BritainFilmTimothy Copestake2004-01-01Documentaries
20Check PriceKing Arthur: The Truth Behind the LegendFilmLiam Dale2004-01-01Documentaries
21Check PriceThe Holy GrailBookRichard Barber 2004-04-09Reference Books
22Check PriceBritain AD: King Arthur's BritainTelevisionTimothy Copestake2004-09-06Documentaries
23Check PriceThe Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and LegendBookAlan Lupack2005-08-11Reference Books
24Check PriceThe Arthur of the FrenchBookGlyn S. Burgess, Karen Pratt2006-04-01Reference Books
25Check PriceThe Arthur of the WelshBookRachel Bromwich 2008-11-01Reference Books
26Check PriceThe Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian LegendBookElizabeth Archibald, Ad Putter2009-10-12Reference Books
27Check PriceThe Arthur of Medieval Latin LiteratureBookSiân Echard 2011-07-15Reference Books
28Check PriceThe Arthur of the GermansBookW. H. Jackson, S. A. Ranawake2012-02-15Reference Books
29Check PriceThe Arthur of the EnglishBookW. R. J. Barron 2012-02-15Reference Books
30Check PriceThe Romance of ArthurBookNorris Lacy 2013-01-25Reference Books
31Check PriceThe New Arthurian Encyclopedia: New editionBookNorris J. Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Sandra Ness Ihle, Marianne E. Kalinke, Raymond H. Thompson2013-09-05Reference Books
32Check PriceArthurian Legend in the Seventeenth CenturyBookRoberta Florence Brinkley 2014-08-13Reference Books
33Check PriceThe Arthur of the NorthBookMarianne E. Kalinke 2015-11-20Reference Books
34Check PriceRomance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian MythBookJoseph Campbell2015-12-15Reference Books
35Check PriceKing Arthur: The LegendFilmJohn Geraint2016-01-01Documentaries
36Check PriceKing Arthur's Lost KingdomFilmKenny Scott2019-03-27Documentaries
37Check PriceKing Arthur: The Man Who Conquered HistoryBookCaleb Howells 2019-08-01Reference Books
38The Camelot ProjectWebVariousOngoingOnline Resources
39Arthuriana.orgWebVariousOngoingOnline Resources
40King Arthur WikiWebVariousOngoingOnline Resources
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