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Sources for the Study of the Arthurian Legends


The New Arthurian Encyclopedia. Ed. Norris Lacy et al. New York: Garland, 1991.

Lacy, Norris J. and Geoffrey Ashe. The Arthurian Handbook. New York: Garland, 1988.

Lupack, Alan. The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Medieval Arthurian Literature: A Guide to Recent Research. Ed. Norris J. Lacy. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996.

Guerreau-Jalabert, Anita. Index des motifs narratifs dans les romans Arthuriens français en vers (XIIe-XIIIe siècles) [Motif-Index of French Arthurian Verse Romances (XIIth-XIIIth Cent.)]. Geneva: Droz, 1992.

A History of Arthurian Scholarship. Ed. Norris J. Lacy. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2006.

Ruck, E. H. An Index of Themes and Motifs in Twelfth-Century French Arthurian Poetry. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1991.


Arthurian Literature. (An annual publication from Boydell and Brewer.)

Arthurian Yearbook. (Annual from Garland from 1991 to 1993, now discontinued.)

Avalon to Camelot. (Vols. 1-2 are all that were printed.)

(NOTE: An earlier Arthurian newsletter—Quondam et Futurus—was combined with the journal Arthurian Interpretations to become Quondam et Futurus: A Journal of Arthurian Interpretations. Arthuriana has replaced these earlier publications and is now the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.)


Ackerman, Robert W. An Index of the Arthurian Names in Middle English. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1952.

Bruce, Christopher W. The Arthurian Name Dictionary. New York: Garland, 1999.

English, Mark. "Place-Names and 'The Matter of Britain.'" Appendix 3 in A Reader's Guide to the Place-Names of the United Kingdom: A Bibliography of Publications (1920-1989) on the Place-Names of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man, and The Channel Islands. Ed. Jeffrey Spittal and John Field. Stamford: Paul Watkins, 1990.

Moorman, Charles and Ruth. An Arthurian Dictionary. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1978.

West, G. D. An Index of Proper Names in French Arthurian Prose Romances. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1978.

West, G. D. An Index of Proper Names in French Arthurian Verse Romances. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969.

NOTE: Important names can also be found in the New Arthurian Encyclopedia and in the "Arthurian Glossary" section of the Arthurian Handbook.


Online Bibliographies of Arthurian Literature

The Arthuriana / Camelot Project Bibliographies

Medieval Arthurian Literature:

The Arthurian Bibliography. 2 vols. (vol. 1: Author Listing; vol. 2: Subject Index). Arthurian Studies 3 & 6. Ed. C. E. Pickford, R. W. Last & C. R. Barker. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1981, 1983. (Contains a complete listing of all critical material recorded in the standard Arthurian bibliographies.

Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society. (Annual.)

Gaines, Barry. Sir Thomas Malory: An Anecdotal Bibliography of Editions 1485-1985. New York: AMS Press, 1990.

Jost, Jean E. Ten Middle English Arthurian Romances: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986.

Life, Page West. Sir Thomas Malory and the Morte DArthur: A Survey of Scholarship and Annotated Bibliography. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press for the Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia, 1980. (Lists editions and critical studies.)

Parry, John J. A Bibliography of Critical Arthurian Literature for the Years 1922-1929. New York: The Modern Language Association, 1931.

Parry, John J. and Margaret Schlauch. A Bibliography of Critical Arthurian Literature for the Years 1930-1935. New York: The Modern Language Association, 1936.

Reiss, Edmund, Louis Horner Reiss and Beverly Taylor. Arthurian Legend and Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. Vol. I: The Middle Ages. New York: Garland, 1984. (NOTE: only vol. 1 has been published.)

Rice, Joanne A. Middle English Romance: An Annotated Bibliography, 1955-1985. New York: Garland Publishing, 1987. (Contains a section on Arthurian Literature as well as entries for individual romances.)

Sharrer, Harvey L. A Critical Bibliography of Hispanic Arthurian Material. Vol. 1: Texts: The Prose Romance Cycles. London: Grant & Cutler Ltd., 1977.

Modern Arthurian Literature:


Mediavilla, Cindy. Arthurian Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 1999.

See the Bibliography in Raymond Thompson's book in the "Overviews" section below.


See the "Checklist of Printed Arthurian Drama" in Arthurian Drama: An Anthology, listed in the "Anthology" section below.

All Genres:

Nastali, Daniel P., and Phillip C. Boardman. The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250 to 2000. 2 vols. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

See the Bibliography in Beverly Taylor & Elisabeth Brewer's book listed in the "Overviews" section below.

See the Bibliography in Modern Arthurian Literature, ed. Alan Lupack, in the "Anthologies" section below for critical articles on modern Arthurian literature.

Wildman, Mary. "Twentieth Century Arthurian Literature: An Annotated Bibliography." In Arthurian Literature, vol. 2. (NOTE: In vol. 3 of Arthurian Literature there is "A Supplementary Bibliography of Twentieth Century Arthurian Literature." A further update by A. H. W. Smith appears in vol. 10.)


Harty, Kevin J. "A Bibliography on Arthurian Film" and "An Alphabetical Filmography." In Cinema Arthuriana: Essays on Arthurian Film. Ed. Kevin J. Harty. New York: Garland, 1991. Pp. 203-43 and pp. 245-47.

Harty, Kevin. "Cinema Arthuriana: A Filmography." In Quondam et Futurus: Newsletter for Arthurian Studies 7.3 (Spring 1987), 5-8.

Salda, Michael N. Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.


Adapting the Arthurian Legends for Children: Essays on Arthurian Juvenilia. Ed. Barbara Tepa Lupack. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Approaches to Teaching the Arthurian Tradition Ed. Maureen Fries and Jeanie Watson. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1992.

The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature. Ed. W. R.Barron. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999.

The Arthur of the Italians: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture. Ed. Gloria Allaire and F. Regina Psaki. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2014.

The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature. Ed. Rachel Bromwich, A. O. H. Jarman and Brynley F. Roberts. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1991.

Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History. Ed. Roger Sherman Loomis. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959.

The Arthurian Revival: Essays on Form, Tradition, and Transformation. Ed. Debra N. Mancoff. New York: Garland, 1992.

Brinkley, Roberta Florence. Arthurian Legend in the Seventeenth Century. 1932; rpt. New York: Octagon Books, 1970.

Echard, Siân. Arthurian Narrative in Latin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Entwistle, William J. The Arthurian Legend in the Literatures of the Spanish Peninsula. 1925; rpt. New York: Phaeton Press, 1975.

Gardner, Edmund G. The Arthurian Legend in Italian Literature. 1930; rpt. New York: Octagon Books, 1971.

Kalinke, Marianne E. King Arthur North-by-Northwest: The matiere de Bretagne in Old Norse-Icelandic Romances. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzels, 1981.

King Arthur in the Medieval Low Countries. Ed.Geert H. M. Claassens and David F. Johnson. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2000.

King Arthur Through the Ages. 2 vols. Ed. Valerie M. Lagorio and Mildred Leake Day. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990. (Contains essays on Arthurian literature from the Middle Ages to the present.)

Loomis, Roger Sherman. The Development of Arthurian Romance. London: Hutchinson University Library, 1963.

Lupack, Alan, and Barbara Tepa Lupack. King Arthur in America. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1999.

Merriman, James Douglas. The Flower of Kings: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in England Between 1485 and 1835. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1973.

Millican, Charles Bowie. Spenser and the Table Round: A Study in the Contemporaneous Background for Spenser's Use of the Arthurian Legend. 1932; rpt. New York: Octagon Books, 1967.

Popular Arthurian Traditions. Ed. Sally K. Slocum. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1992.

Simpson, Roger. Camelot Regained: The Arthurian Revival and Tennyson 1800-1849. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1990.

Starr, Nathan Comfort. King Arthur Today: The Arthurian Legend in English and American Literature 1901-1953. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1954.

Summers, David A. Spenser's Arthur: The British Arthurian Tradition and the Faerie Queene. Lanham: University Press of America, 1997.

Taylor, Beverly & Elisabeth Brewer. The Return of King Arthur: British and American Arthurian Literature Since 1800 [title page erroneously reads "1900"]. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1983.

Thompson, Raymond H. The Return from Avalon: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.


Lupack, Barbara Tepa, with Alan Lupack. Illustrating Camelot. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2008.

Loomis, Roger Sherman. Arthurian Legend in Medieval Art. London: Oxford University Press, 1938.

Mancoff, Debra N. The Arthurian Revival in Victorian Art. New York: Garland, 1990.

Mancoff, Debra N. The Return of King Arthur: The Legend Through Victorian Eyes. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995.

Poulson, Christine. "Arthurian Legend in Fine and Applied Art of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: A Catalogue of Artists." In Arthurian Literature 9 (1989), 81-142. The "Subject Index" appears in vol. 10 (1990), 111-134.

Poulson, Christine. The Quest for the Grail: Arthurian Legend in British Art 1840-1920. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999.

Simpson, Roger. "Update II: Arthurian Legend in Fine and Applied Art of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. In Arthurian Literature 11 (1992), 81-96.

Van D'Elden, Stephanie Cain. Tristan and Isolde: Medieval Illustrations of the Verse Romances. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2016.

Whitaker, Muriel. The Legends of King Arthur in Art. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1990.


Nevins, John P. "Musical Arthuriana: A Partial and Informal Listing." Quondam et Futurus, 10.4 (Summer 1990), 6-12.

Reel, Jr., Jerome V. Arthurian Musical Theatre: A Listing. An Arthuriana / Camelot Project Bibliography (


Alcock, Leslie. Was This Camelot: Excavations at Cadbury Castle, 1966-1970. New York: Stein and Day, 1972.

Ashe, Geoffrey. A Guidebook to Arthurian Britain. London: Longman, 1980.

Ashe, Geoffrey. The Landscape of King Arthur. With photographs by Simon McBride. New York: Henry Holt, 1987.


Arthurian Literature by Women. Ed. Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack. New York: Garland, 1999.

The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation. Ed. James J. Wilhelm. New York: Garland, 1994. (Contains major medieval Arthurian works.)

The Romance of Merlin: An Anthology. Ed. Peter Goodrich. New York: Garland, 1990. (Contains literature about Merlin from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.)

The Arthurian Legends: An Illustrated Anthology. Ed. Richard Barber. Totowa, NJ: Littlefield and Adams, 1979.

Modern Arthurian Literature: An Anthology of English and American Arthuriana from the Renaissance to the Present. Ed. Alan Lupack. New York: Garland, 1992. (Contains a bibliography of works about modern Arthurian literature.)

"Arthur, the Greatest King": An Anthology of Modern Arthurian Poetry. Ed. Alan Lupack. New York: Garland, 1988.

Arthurian Drama: An Anthology. Ed. Alan Lupack. New York: Garland, 1991.