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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415920639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415920636
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,498,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this volume, Richard White has collected a diverse selection of medieval Arthurian literature and history, culling from Latin, English, Welsh, French and German sources, presenting many passages translated into English for the first time. White's selections enable the reader to understand how the rich Arthurian tapestry evolved over a period of more than 500 years, King Arthur in Legend and History also includes a chronology of key Arthurian texts, maps, an appendix of Arthurian Courts, a list of sources, suggestions for further reading and a bibliography.

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Whether one's interest is primarily in exploring the genuine history which gave rise to the legend of King Arthur, or in the development of Arthurian literature, this handy volume will prove most useful and convenient. It is a well-considered selection of the most important Arthurian source materials.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Handy Compliation of Source Materials Jan. 5 1999
By P. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether one's interest is primarily in exploring the genuine history which gave rise to the legend of King Arthur, or in the development of Arthurian literature, this handy volume will prove most useful and convenient. It is a well-considered selection of the most important Arthurian source materials.
How do they forget to include an index in a scholarly text?! May 10 2015
By SuzieQccr - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given this 5 stars... but... THERE IS NO INDEX! Yes, that is worth a whole two stars to me.

This might not be a deal breaker for a casual reader... but, let's be real here, how many casual readers of 550 page anthologies of Arthurian Legend are there?

My main purpose for buying texts like this is as research sources for articles, so an index is essential. However, I would imagine that many readers out there who would need such a text would be both graduate and undergraduate college students. When writing a research paper on a theme found in Arthurian Legend, it might be useful to search for your topic in an index which would tell you on which of the 550 pages you should turn to in order to find your topic!

I would imagine that college professors would be another user of such a text. And, again, when planning for a lesson on a theme to focus on, an index is indispensable!

This is a scholarly book. It is written by an author with academic credentials. It has sections for notes, bibliography, and recommended reading. How could they forget the bloody index?!

So, in short. If you're just looking for 550 pages of archaic prose for your casual reading, and no doubt some people are (and don't get me wrong, I **do** read that sort of thing casually myself also), then this is a great buy. But, if you want it for research purposes, you might want to opt for an alternative with a god forsaken index for crying out loud.

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