Saturday Seven: Books Based Around King Arthur

To all the folks joining us for Saturday Seven, please don’t forget to leave your link in the linky list at the end of this post.

I was going to do fantasy books I loved in keeping with last week’s theme of mystery books, but while I was looking around at all the fantasies there were, several books/series that I have enjoyed in the past and had forgotten about came up in the search. So, today, here are seven books or series based on the Arthurian legend.

1. The Once and Future King by T.H. White – a classic and considered one of the best reimagining of the Arthurian legend. Five books that anybody interested in King Arthur should take a look at.

2. Mary Stewart’s Merlin Quartet follows the adventures of a Welsh boy named Myrddin Emrys, who grows up to be Merlin.

3. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley tells the Arthurian tale, but instead of focusing on Arthur and the knights, the books follow the women involved in the events.

4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. I loved this book–the humor, the way Hank uses his knowledge of the past to make people believe he’s a wizard. Funny and clever, with an biting social satire thrown in for full measure.

5. The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead sets the Arthurian legend in a historical setting and is excellent!

6. The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper takes the Arthurian stories as well as Celtic and Norse mythology to create a wonderful series!

7. Gerald Morris’s The Squire’s Tales and the Knight’s Tales are a good introduction to the Arthurian legends for pre-teens.

What do you think of King Arthur and his tales? Do you have any other suggestions?

Comments

  1. I THINK I’ve read 5 of 7 of those. I enjoyed TA Barron’s take on the legend as well. Have a great weekend!

  2. I don’t see a linky list…. My Saturday Seven post is here:

    https://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/2018/03/seven-things-to-expect-from-lisabet.html

    I’ve only read three of the books you list (T.H. White, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Mark Twain). I’ve always loved the myths though. One great draw for an author is that there are so many fascinating characters whom you could use for the POV. I’d like to write a story from the perspective of Morgan Le Fay, the sorceress who supposedly was Merlin’s undoing. “Villains” rarely see themselves as bad!

  3. I really liked the Avalon series and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. I haven’t read the rest yet, although this is a fun legend in general.

  4. I LOVE King Arthur and his tales. I have not read The Avalon series. I know it was very popular. Thanks for more books on my list.

  5. I LOVED “The Dark is Rising” series, and am in fact re-reading it currently. It was one of two series I adored as a kid (along with The Prydain Chronicles). Interestingly, “The Librarians” on TV (which was sadly just cancelled) had some Arthur in it, and I see touches of that other places as well. I guess the Arthur myth is eternal and always intriguing.

  6. Hmm. Guess I need to get reading!! Lol!

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