Help wanted: arthurian novels

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at
Wed Sep 17 21:22:36 EDT 2003

Robyn asked:
> A slightly OT request:
> I was teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight today (ObDWJ, her husband
> has written criticism on the poem), and my class surprised me with an
> upswelling of interest in all things Arthurian. I said I would give them
> some recommendations for further reading, both medieval and
> modern. What I
> want to ask you, the list, is whether those books by Bernard Cornwell are
> any good. I ask because they seem to be so readily available. I was going
> to suggest TH White, Mary Stewart, and of course Mists of Avalon
> for modern
> retellings, and Susan Cooper and Robertson Davies as people who use the
> legend without actually retelling. Any other suggestions?

Another author who uses the legend without re-telling is Guy Gavriel Kay in
his 'Fionavar Tapestry' - especially the third book, if I remember

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