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The never-ending stories of Arthurian Literature


The stories of King Arthur had a special magic for me when I was growing up. I have visited the castle in Cornwall that is called Tintagel several times (even though it was built in Norman times and has nothing to do with Arthur) and it was easy to imagine the Knights of the Roundtable trooping over the drawbridge. Such adventure and drama, so many characters too.

The Arthurian stories show no sign of fading away. Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Mordred, Morgan le Fay and Lancelot have legendary status in literature and their adventures will probably thrill readers for another thousand years. Our latest feature stretches from Sir Thomas Malory’s genre-forming Le Morte d’Arthur to various contributions from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Bernard Cornwell and many other.

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