Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 31

I think Stapleton Library has quite a bit of material that would be helpful for your son. I would suggest starting with P.F.J. Turner's two-volume work "The Real King Arthur : A History of Post-Roman Britain, AD 410-593 (Call Number DA 152.5.A7 T87 1993 - on the 2nd floor of Stapleton Library). It seems to be the most comprehensive source we have and it has an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the topic. You might also want to look at Christopher Dean's "Arthur of England" (1987 - University of Toronto Press -- Call Number DA 152.5.A7 D43 1987). It has a nice chapter on "Arthur and the Historians". There are also a half dozen other books on the historical Arthur in that general call number section. In the Reference Area we have several editions of an Arthurian Encyclopedia (the latest is the "The New Arthurian Encyclopedia" published in 1996. It's call number is [REF]DA152.5.A7 N48 1996. I would suggest looking at the article "Arthur, Origins of Legend". There's also a very long article in volume 10 of "Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism" (call number [REF]PN610.C63). Although the article focuses mainly on the Arthurian legends and the literary works derived from them, it does address the historical Arthur. Again, there is a bibliography and the article itself reprints lengthy passages from a number of the primary and secondary sources.

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