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Arthurian Studies

Introduction: Arthurian Legend

Arthurian legend, the body of stories and medieval romances, known as the matter of Britain, centering on the legendary king Arthur. Medieval writers, especially the French, variously treated stories of Arthur's birth, the adventures of his knights, and the adulterous love between his knight Sir Lancelot and his queen, Guinevere. This last situation and the quest for the Holy Grail (the vessel used by Christ at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea) brought about the dissolution of the knightly fellowship, the death of Arthur, and the destruction of his kingdom.  


To search the library books and articles about Arthurian legend, start at the library home page or use the Discovery search box. Click on Books above the text box, then try searching keywords such as "King Arthur" or any of the following:

  • Arthurian romances
  • Arthurian legend
  • Grail romances
  • Chivalry in literature
  • Merlin
  • Middle English 1100-1500
  • Sir Thomas Malory
  • Knights and knighthood


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