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The Arthurian Companion
A valuable reference for fantasy fans and lovers of medieval romance, "The Arthurian Companion" contains over 1,000 entries, cross-referenced and annotated. It is an alphabetical guide to the "who's who" of Arthurian legend and includes famous weapons, artifacts, and geographical locations.
Published January 1st 2001 by Green Knight Publishing
(first published 1997)
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I've been rereading Malory, and the superabundance of characters (not always consistently named), particularly in the early books, can get pretty bewildering. Karr's book is just the ticket for keeping track of who's who. She covers character and place names from Malory and Chrétien de Troyes, and although the book is aimed at gamers, it appears satisfactorily scholarly and reliable. Those looking for a guide to the vast body of Arthurian literature itself are directed to Lacy's Arthurian Encycl ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Darren rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Easy to grasp and chomp into, whether for pleasure or school this is a widely scoped look at the mythos ideas and personages Of the world of Camelot. I would definitley suggest it for someone looking for a first look into or someone looking for comparative reading. It is a great bookshelf addition if you frequently need something besides Wikipedia to look into Places or Things Arthurian.
An excellent little compendium of Arthurian info, dealing with not just the principle characters but the whole gamut. Light on analysis but then that really wasn't the point of this book. It's more of a who's who and serves admirably in that manner.
Oct 06, 2009 J.M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Arthurian enthusiasts, knights, fantasy readers
I've referred to this book time and again when reading or writing Arthurian lore. Thank you, Miss Phyllis Ann Karr. You've done all us Arthur enthusiasts an extraordinary service.
Phyllis Ann Karr, born July 25, 1944, is an American author of fantasy, romances, mysteries, and non-fiction. She is best known for her "Frostflower and Thorn" series and Matter of Britain works.More about Phyllis Ann Karr...