Arthurian History and Romance
The works here also appear in the British
History shelf, but we have picked out the ones that deal specifically
with Arthur or the time when Arthur, if there was such a man, would have
Nennius (see also Gildas, above)
The Historia Brittonum,
commonly attributed to Nennius; from a manuscript lately discovered in the
Library of the Vatican Palace at Rome; edited in the tenth century, by
Mark the Hermit; with an English version, fac simile of the original,
notes and illustrations. By the Rev. W. Gunn, B.D. 1819.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
The Chronicle of the Kings of Britain;
translated from the Welsh copy attributed to Tysilio; collated with
several other copies, and illustrated with copious notes. By the Rev.
Peter Roberts, A.M. 1811.
The Brut; or, Chronicles of England, edited from Ms.
Rawl. B 171, Bodleian Library, c., by Friedrich W. D. Brie, Ph.D. Early
English Text Society, 1906.
The Lancelot or Vulgate Cycle
Attributed to Walter Map. The theories as to the actual author are
wonderfully various, and the most plausible seems almost absurd: that the
various parts were written by different authors working under the direction
of a master architect—rather the way a television series might be written by
a stable of writes under the watchful eye of the creator.
The Vulgate Version of the Arthurian
Romances, Edited from Manuscripts in the British Museum by H. Oskar
Sommer. This is the original text in Old French, but with a
thorough and helpful running marginal summary in English.
The History of the Holy Grail,
Englisht, about 1450 A.D., by Henry Lonelich, skynner, from the French prose
of Sires Robiers de Borron. Re-edited from the Unique Paper MS in Corpus
Christi College, Cambridge, by Fredk. J. Furnivall, Esq., M.A. Early English
Text Society, 1878.
Merlin; or, the Early History of King Arthur: A Prose Romance
(about 1450-1460 A.D.). Edited from the unique MS. in the University
Library, Cambridge, by Henry B. Wheatley, F.S.A. Early English Text Society,
Le Morte Darthur, by Sir Thomas
Malory, Knight. Caxton's edition, reprinted in 1889, with original spelling
Le Morte Darthur. Sir Thomas
Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table.
The text of Caxton, edited, with an introduction, by Sir Edward Strachey,
Bart. 1899. Modern spelling and punctuation, but otherwise as Caxton printed
it. Small type in double columns.
The Byrth, Lyf. and Actes of Kyng Arthyr;
of his Noble Knyghtes of the Rounde Table, theyr Marveyllous Enquestes and
Aduentures, Thachyeuyng of the Sant Greal; and in the end Le Morte
Darthur, with the Dolorous Deth and Departyng Out of Thys Worlds of Them
Al. With and introduction and notes, by Robert Southey, Esq.
Printed from Caxton's Edition, 1485. 1817. —Looks like a very close reprint
of Caxton's version, but the 1889 edition above accuses it of being riddled
with errors and unacknowledged interpolations. With a long introduction by
Southey, who apparently is not responsible for the editing of the text
King Arthur and the Table Round: Tales Chiefly After the Old French
of Chrestien de Troyes, by William Wells Newell, 1897-1898