Help wanted: arthurian novels

Robyn Starkey rohina at
Mon Sep 22 20:33:49 EDT 2003

>My excuse for petering out before finishing the trilogy the first time 
>around is - I'm not that mad for Arthur.  Also, it has Lancelot as a 
>character, and my understanding is that Lancelot was a late addition in 
>the folkloric tradition, and I'm picky like that.  But I don't think that 
>should stop any other reader.

Interesting definition of "late". Lancelot is a central figure in the 
romances of Chretien de Troyes (c1170). Since Malory was based in part in 
Chretien, and most retellings are based on Malory, it seems a little odd to 
decide Lancelot isn't canonical.

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