King Arthur: In Legend and History Paperback – 1998
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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. (Publisher)
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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.