Arthurian blogs?

It occurred to me today that I don’t know of any Arthurian blogs. This strikes me as really odd considering in the early days of the internet, Arthurian websites dominated electronic medievalia. This makes me more than a little sad. When I started reading medieval material I was a pretty ardent Arthurian. I would would be nice for there to be a good Arthurian blog out there to read every once in a while. I know Carl of Got Medieval started an Arthurian Wiki*, but I don’t know of any other updated Arthurian sites out there. Arthuriana would be a great topic for a blog since there are countless medieval Arthurian works, probably even more modern Arthurian novels, and enough Arthurian movies to make a real fan cringe. Arthurnet is probably the longest running and most intense discussion list around so there are plenty of Arthurians on the internet. In other words, more than enough material and a great big niche.

* Once upon a time, I had planned to put together an early medieval encyclopedia (hence the miscellany often here), so I may contribute quite a bit of my unused Arthurian material there when I get time.

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9 thoughts on “Arthurian blogs?

  1. Good day to you milady-

    I’m happy to find your blog today and will bookmark it for future reference. I found you when searching for information on King Oswald; thank you for the information you’ve shared on his life.

    Blessings,
    amy

  2. Ever since I followed a link to this post from Unlocked Wordhoard last week, I’ve been mulling over your question about the lack of Arthurian blogs. For those of us who fondly remember the Arthurian scholarship and pseudo-scholarship that introduced us to the larger study of the Middle Ages, here’s one unhappy theory: maybe the Arthurian flame isn’t burning as brightly as it did during the ’80s and ’90s either in popular culture or in entry-level academia? My own students still know these stories through the never-ending stream of books, movies, and low-budget cable documentaries, but my sense is that I’m meeting fewer die-hard Arthur buffs these days than I did when I first taught an Arthurian lit course in ’99. When I teach the class again this spring, I’ll be curious to see if my students think that Arthuriana is again falling temporarily out of fashion.

  3. Arthur has more medieval competition these days, like the flurry of Beowulf movies, and pseudo-medieval like Tolkien. I wonder if the Arthurian movies have actually hurt Arthur’s popularity in part because they were all non-traditional to the Arthurian tale.

    I haven’t followed new Arthurian fiction recently. I wonder how well its doing. I would think the difficulty of publishing a new Arthurian novel would be a pretty good indicator since publishers are usually risk adverse.

  4. Yeah, my students have been downright hostile towards that Richard Gere movie, the one that was weirdly faithful to the Malegeant-abducting-Guenevere story at the expense of nearly every other motif a 20th-century audience expects from an Arthurian film. They also seemed baffled by the 2004 Clive Owen movie, which dabbled in that whole Sarmatian theory. Hollywood hasn’t given the traditionalists much to enjoy.

    This impressive bibliography suggests that authors are still writing and publishing Arthurian novels, but I still have to wonder how well these books are doing among fantasy readers, who these days are spoiled for choice. Maybe my students can enlighten me when class begins in January?

  5. I belong to Shelfari who discuss books, there are many groups and I joined The Round Table group in which we discuss Arthurian topics. Arthur is still very popular, and we have new members visiting our group for info like bibliographies from the early writings to the modern which I have posted on this group page.I have many inquiries on the new books, and although I have not read them all I am trying to find out which is the most popular. T.H. White The Once and Future King still seems very popular and Marion Bradley The Mists of Avalon still features highly amongst women readers.

  6. Just wanted to drop a note that I have a blog mostly dedicated to Arthuriana at: http://robert.epictales.org

    For a fair warning, I am motivated to research this topic because I am also writing a novel (hopefully a series) based on the Arthurian myths and legends.

    Although I do talk about my book here and there, I have quite a few articles just focused on pure Arthurian topics. Besides this, I have a lot of book reviews and fiction writing tips.

    I also plan on creating an online index/encyclopedia of Arthurian things (not related to my book at all) at my website http://www.KingArthur.org.uk. Don’t have anything there except one page right now, but the software is in the works, and everyone’s links are very helpful.

    Thanks,

    -Robert

  7. I am a member of an Arthurian/History society and we have a website – http://www.thependragon.co.uk, which looks at all things Arthurian as well as general history and legend. While the site itself does not go too far into the realms of Arthurian research it does have some interesting pages on film and literature as well as links to a variety of other Arthurian blogs and sites. You can also join the facebook group and the administrators do have plans to greatly enlarge and improve the site.

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