Arthurian resources on the web

 

 

Siân Echard, University of British Columbia

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 General Medieval Studies Resources

 Programs

Language and Texts

Early Britain

Religion

 Malory

 Arthurian Studies

 Arthurian Miscellany (i.e., not quite so studious...)

 

General Medieval Studies Resources

There are two large link sites for all things medieval: the Labyrinth and NetSerf. Both are very old, but continue to point to useful material. Both have special Arthurian sections.

You should also have a look at the On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies, a good source for information, and the related Internet Medieval Sourcebook, a source of primary material. Again, these are web sites that have been around for a long time, but their content remains relevant.

 

Medieval Studies Programs

There are many Medieval Studies programs: I've listed here only a few, whose home pages are useful for web research (some are useful only if you're looking for a place to do graduate work; a complete list can be retrieved through NetSerf: Degree Programs).

 

Language and Texts

Some of the texts we are reading can be found in various places online. Here are a few of them:

 

Early Britain

Useful sites devoted to the period in which we would find the historical Arthur include

  • Vortigern Studies, a site based in the Netherlands which concentrates on Vortigern and his world
  • Early British Kingdoms, created by David Nash Ford, the history editor at Britannia magazine
  • The British Museum has images of many of its artefacts mounted online, and some are organized into tours. From the Explore page, click on Online Tours, and you'll find such things as Iron Age Britain and The Vikings. You can also search the collections.
 

Religion

You might find yourself wanting some background to the religious world of texts like the Quest of the Holy Grail : here are a few links to get you started

 

Malory

  • there is an excellent page for Thomas Malory at the Luminarium web site
  • the British Library has digitzed the Winchester Manuscript, the only manuscript copy of Malory’s Morte; read their information page about about the project here (note that this is in some respects an outdated page, as the digitization has now been completed
  • the Malory Project website includes all the images from Winchester, along with a a selection of images from the John Rylands Library copy of William Caxton’s first edition
  • remember to check our course page; I will be posting pages with supplementary materials throughout the term
 

Arthurian Studies

  • Thomas Green’s personal website, Arthuriana, has much interesting material and many useful links
  • Arthuriana is also the name of the journal of the International Arthurian Society; its pages include an archive of articles from the journal, as well as links to other Arthurian sites
  • The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester is a huge archive of Arthurian bibliographies, essays, and images
  • Britannia magazine has a very nicely-organized Arthurian section
  • The Quest: An Arthurian Resource hasn’t been updated since 1998, but there’s still a lot of useful material on this student club site; see, for example, the section called An Archaeological Quest for the real King Arthur, which has a great deal of information (with pictures) about archaeological research (only up to 1998, of course) into Arthur’s origins; note that the site currently (August 2012) reports that it is about to be updated
 

Arthurian Miscellany

A lot of Arthurian material on the web is non-academic in origin. Some material is put out by tourist boards in areas with Arthurian associations; some is the product of commercial sites seeking to sell Arthuriana; some material is found on fan sites, which range in quality from remarkably thorough and well-informed to, well, less so... The sites below are a small sampling of what is available.

For reference and background, try

There are many Arthurian movies and cartoons, but copyright restrictions have gradually led to the removal of most fan-generated material (scripts, images, and so on). But you can

For local colour, try

And then there's

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