Illustration from The Boy's King Arthur, by Sidney Lanier, published by Scribner's, 1922. Illustration by N.C.Wyeth. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons
From Bulfinch's Age of Chivalry
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The tales regarding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have been immensely popular for centuries. Poets have told and retold the stories and the tales have supplied subjects for visual artists as well. In modern times they have been the subject of operas and big budget movies. Novelists have continued to retell the tales for both adults and children. Arthur's story has even been adapted for newspaper comics and comic books. The stories of Arthur and his knights have also also been, and continue to be, the subject of scholarly inquiry.
This guide is designed to assist students in researching the (possibly) historical figure of Arthur, the literary and other kinds of artistic works created about him and his knights, and the times in which Arthur (might have) lived. It will point the researcher to many types of information sources available through the Gumberg Library and beyond.
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Reference Works: Celtic Myth