April 10, 2008

On My Way to Camelot

I love romance and chivalry, the time of knights and ladies, quests and dragons. And what could capture the essence of these things more than the era of King Arthur? Despite my love of it, I really have read very little about that period in history. I feel the need to change that. So I have succumbed to another reading challenge. Becky is hosting the Arthurian Challenge that runs from April, 1008 to March, 2009. The goal is to read at least 6 books that are connected in some way to the story of King Arthur. Becky doesn't like to box you in with too many rules so that's pretty much all there is to it. You don't even have to post a list but I like gathering the books and noting them down somewhere so here are my choices:

1.Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. by J.R.R. Tolkien
2.King Arthur and His Knights by Henry Frith
3.The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
4.The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White
5.King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
6.The Story of King Arthur by Tom Crawford
7.the following poems by Tennyson
-Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere
-The Lady of Shalott
-Morte d'Arthur
-Idylls of the King
-Merlin and the Gleam

So fare thee well sweet maids; fare thee well young gents. Mayhaps we shall meet again whither we go.


Rhinoa said...

That's cool list and I am glad you have signed up too. I am realy looking forward to finally reading TH White and I might get around to re-reading some of Tennyson's poems again too.

Nymeth said...

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an excellent choice. I hadn't thought of that one. I'm having so much trouble narrowing down my list. I think that what I'll do is write a list of possibilities and then just read as many as I have time for.

Eloise said...

This sounds like a lovely challenge, I love books about the Arthurian legends and it would be an excuse to read Idylls of the King. I'm very tempted.

Cath said...

This looks like a great challenge but I *daren't* take on yet another one. Look forward to reading your reviews though.

Carl V. said...

Sounds like a great challenge! I just listened to the Simon Armitage translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight on audio last week and it was FANTASTIC!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've been reading your blog for quite a qhile and I just wanted to say hello! I decided to participate in this challenge too; hope you don't mind if I borrow a few from your list, as I don't normally read much from this genre.

Petunia said...

Glad to meet you Stitchxx. And welcome to the world of blogging. You may certainly help yourself to the books on my list, then we can compare impressions.