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This article is from the Arthurian Booklist FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@io.com with numerous contributions by others.

02 Fiction (Arthurian Booklist) A-C

_, Arthur Sex #7: The Erotic Adventures of King Arthur. Castle of Ill
Repute: Part one of two. This is a comic book. More issues? It is
actually fairly faithful to Malory. Unsure whom to credit.

_, The Romance of King Arthur (Mayflower, 1979. Reprint of 1917
Edition. ISBN 08317-7460-6.)

ab Hugh, Dafydd. Arthur War Lord (Avon Books, 1994. ISBN
0-380-77028-8.) Part one of two. Two present day people find
themselves catapulted back in time, replaying events at Camelot with
history at stake.

Anderson, Poul. Three Hearts and Three Lions. Riverdale: Baen
Publishing Enterprises, 1993 (First published 1953).

Ashe, Geoffrey. The Finger and the Moon. St. Albans: Panther Books,
1975 (First published: Great Britain: William Heinemann, 1973).
Geoffrey makes himself a character in this one. He organizes a
ritual/play based on the Grail myth. (There's more to it than that, of
course.)

Ashley, Mike, The Pendragon Chronicles (Peter Bedrick Books, New York,
1991. ISBN 0-87226-228-6. paperback.) Anthology includes stories by
Andre Norton, John Steinback and Jane Yolen.

Ashley, Mike. The Camelot Chronicles. New York: Caroll & Graf
Publishers, 1992. Another anthology by the author of The Pendragon
Chronicles.

Van Asten, Gail. The Blind Knight. New York: Ace Books, 1988.

Attanasio, A. A. Kingdom of the Grail. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

Attanasio, A. A. The Dragon and the Unicorn Tells the story of Merlin
and Uther until the birth of Arthur. Arthur. The story of Arthur up to
where he gets his sword. The stories are rich in detail about Celtic
mythology, gods, demons, angels, etc.

Barthelme, Donald. The King. New York, London, Victoria, Toronto,
Auckland: Penguin Books: 1992 (First published in the USA by Harper &
Row, 1990).

Berger, Thomas, Arthur Rex. This retelling of the Arthur legend is
somewhat reminiscent of the movie "Excalibur" in feel.

Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Berkley Publishing
Group, 1992 (First published: 1991).

Blyton, Enid. Tales of Brave Adventure. Contains Robin Hood and
Arthurian legends.

Bond, Nancy. A String in the Harp. New York: Penguin Books, 1987
(First published by Atheneum in 1976).

Borowsky, Marvin, The Queen's Knight (Random House, New York, 1955 -
probably out of print). An interesting Arthur, who begins as a
middle-aged bumpkin, crowned to be a puppet to a group of regents. All
in all, this novel is somewhat uneven but quite readable.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Mists of Avalon (Del Rey. Ballantine
Books, New York, 1982. ISBN 0-345-35049-9. Hardcover and trade
paperback.) A female oriented and positive rendition of the Arthurian
legend. Considerably more sympathetic to pagan religions (although
depicted as modern neopaganism) than to Christianity.

Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Forest House. Prequel to the Mists of
Avalon. Penguin Books, 1995. ISBN 0-670-84454-3 (hc) 0-451-45424-3
(pb).

Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Lady of Avalon. Prequel to the Mists of
Avalon.

Bradshaw, Gillian, Hawk of May, Kingdom of Summer, In Winter's Shadow
(Menthuen Paperbacks, Great Britain also Signet Books, 1980 also
hardcover by Simon and Schuster.) The first book is the story of
Gwalchmai, one of Arthur's Knights; the last is told by Guinevere.
Down the Long Wind is the single book volume version of the three
books.

Bulfinch, Thomas, Age of Chivalry: or, King Arthur and His Knights
(John D. Morris, Philadelphia, 1898, many reprints). Published in
their own right, also found in Bulfinch's. Contains long summaries of
the Camelot legends and of the French Charlemagne legends.

Burnham, Jeremy, and Trevor Ray. Raven. London: Corgi Books/Carousel,
1977.

Cabell, James Branch. Jurgen, a Comedy of Justice. 1919.

Canning, Victor. The Crimson Chalice. Originally published as La
Leggenda del Calice Cremisi. Translated by Patrizia Rognoni, Codice
Libro 22 006 CN, Casa Editrice Nord S.r.l., via Rubens 25, 20148
Milano, Italia; Copyright by Victor Canning 1976, 1977, 1978, and for
the Italian edition by the publisher in 1990 (first edition, of the
Italian translation, June 1990). An "Arthur as Celtic Chieftain" book,
with nice twists. Out of print.

Carlsen, Chris. Berserker: The Bull Chief. London: Sphere Books, 1977.

Carmichael, Douglas, Pendragon: an Historical Novel (Blackwater Press,
New York, dist. by Exposition Press, 1977). Arthurian romances --
adaptions.

Chant, Joy. The High Kings. Toronto, New York, London, Sydney,
Auckland: Bantam Books, 1985 (First printing 1983).

Chapman, Vera, The King's Damosel, The Green Knight, and King Arther's
Daughter. Out of print.

Christian, Catherine, The Pendragon (Warner Books, 1978.) A story told
by Bedivere in his old age recalling the golden days of Camelot.
Unfortunately this results in a lackluster story. Aside from the
intrusiveness of the story framed by Bedivere's old age, it's a decent
retelling. Takes the "Celts reclaiming Romanized Britain" slant.

Cochran, Molly and Warren Murphy. The Forever King. Tor Books, 1993.
ISBN 0-812-51716-4. The return of Arthur to present day, woven in with
the story as it happened long ago. Beautifully told.

Cornwell, Bernard. The Winter King, Enemy of God, and Excaliber are a
three-book series entitled "The Warlord Chronicles." These books tell
the story of Arthur and his attempts to unite Britain.

 

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