Friday, August 29, 2014
British Isles Friday: Favorite King Arthur Books
I haven't done a British Isles Friday post in quite some time, but today I thought I'd tell you about some of my favorite Arthur books. For, as you know, I love anything to do with this wonderful British tradition. The story of a boy who pulled a sword out of a stone and became a king, a leader and a legend. I don't know what it is about this story, but it has it all and I never get tired of it.
When you look at the list of Arthur books, I've barely made a dent. Some of the ones I've read and loved are:
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: an epic saga of a story!
The Once and Future King by T.H. White: a classic tale, what I envision the Disney version based from
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart: the beginning of a series where Merlin plays a strong role
Quenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles: the queen's story.
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell: told in verse, from the point of view of the Lady of the Lake
The Forever King by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy: a modern day time travelling twist
A couple ones on the classic end that I'd love to read some day are:
Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory
King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
And then, if I could, I'd catch up on a ton more from the massive list. What are some of your favorites? Which ones must I add to my read immediately list?
As a side note, one of the coolest places we visited when we were in England ten years ago was Arthur's supposed burial place... Glastonbury. This place is said to have once been surrounded by water, and was in fact an island, and it was called Avalon. The legends and stories told about this place are fascinating (and not just about Arthur.) I wish we would have had time to go more south and west to see where Camelot may have been along the Cornish coast, and to explore other Arthurian sites. Maybe next time!