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The 10 Best Books About King Arthur

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  • March 7, 2024
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  • 7 min read


The King Arthur legend, blending chivalry, betrayal, love, and heroism, has captivated many. It’s a key part of Western literature. Authors from different eras have added their unique perspectives to this evolving story.

Each book unravels a piece of the intricate puzzle of King Arthur’s world, blending historical myth with timeless themes of honour, love, and sacrifice. Prepare to be whisked away to a realm where legendary battles shape the fate of kingdoms, and the lines between heroism and betrayal are as shifting as the mists of Avalon.

Enchanting Sagas: The Best of King Arthur’s Adventures

Here’s a list curated by Book Writing Founders to help you choose your next great read:

1.”The Once and Future King” by T.H. White

White’s five-volume tale about the rise and fall of Britain’s most amiable ruler is funny, wise, sad, and instructive all at the same time. The story of Once and Future King is based on Thomas Mallory’s version. It brings the original characters to life by exploring their childhoods and shows how they became the people Mallory says they are.

While White was writing this book before, during, and after World War II, his ideas about war and politics made their way into the story conflict importance. This made it a sneaky-good treatise on leadership, peace, and building a country. A lot of information about birds as well. This book does have everything.

2- Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

Since many contemporary retellings of the Arthurian legend draw inspiration from Le Morte d’Arthur, I have included it in my list of the finest King Arthur novels. Sir Thomas Malory penned it in 1485, ranking high among the canonical texts on the topic. Le Morte d’Arthur is widely regarded as an essential piece in the field of Arthurian literature due to its classic status.

Many contemporary versions of the King Arthur myth rely significantly on Malory’s writings for elements such as characters, storylines, and ideas. Le Morte d’Arthur is also an enthralling and attractive work of literature that has stood the test of time.

3-Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit by Mercedes Lackey

This book is about King Arthur’s famous queen Gwenhwyfar. It was written by the best-selling author, making it the most popular genre trend of the Valdemar series.

In a world where both gods and pagans worship are accepted, women can choose between the path of the Blessing or the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the path of the Warrior and gives up the power that comes with her birth.

Although, as the daughter of a king, she is supposed to be Arthur’s queen and must face many difficulties, such as desire, betrayal, and love, she will finally find redemption along the way.

This is one of my Arthurian books because it’s a great female version of the story of Gwenhwyfar, the famous queen of King Arthur.

It’s nice to see a woman at the heart of the story and how she deals with problems and finds forgiveness on her terms. I think everyone who likes Arthurian stories or female retellings should read this.

4-“The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This book is essential to any collection of King Arthur tales. It may be lengthy, but the excitement more than makes up for it. The Mists of Avalon stands out among Arthurian Legend accounts because it focuses on the female characters and tries to explain their decisions rather than portraying them as irrational harpies, as many male authors do.

Another underappreciated strength of this book is how meticulously it follows historical accounts. Between the steamy scenes, you’ll discover you’re educated on the politics, cuisine, clothing, and customs of the Middle Ages.

5-Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel by Thomas Berger

In a very different way, Arthur Rex tells the same story as Le Morte D’Arthur. Thomas Berger paints the knights and nobles of Arthur’s court in the worst possible light while Mallory looks up to them. Their bad values are used to show how bad our own are today.

Everyone is either a fool, a sex maniac, or both. I think Arthur Rex is the funniest version of the Arthurian Legend. It has its tongue stuck deep in its face. Still, the ending made me cry, so Kudos to Berger for writing this book that made me feel all kinds of things.


6-“The Crystal Cave” by Mary Stewart

Stewart put Arthur back in the world of Roman Britain instead of a later time of knightly bravery and medieval pomp for this memorable and winning mix of fantasy and history. The Crystal Cave was released in 1970 and became a BBC drama in 1991 that most people have forgotten about. It led to several other books. Stewart shows us not the old master Merlin but the boy and young man who will grow up to be a great wizard.




7-“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” by Gawain Poet

Although Sir Gawain isn’t perfect, he is one of the most interesting knights of the Round Table. His name is Lancelot, and he’s not the world’s best or most honourable knight. That honourable knight is Galahad, and he’s a jerk. He’s just a regular guy from the working class who loves swinging swords more than thinking about what might happen. The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most famous things the knight did, and it does not let you down.

If you want to read the story, you’ll need a translation because it was written in Old English, which isn’t even English. And J.R.R. Tolkien is the best person to translate anything. That Tolkien, yes. He was a very busy philologist and translator when he wasn’t making elves and humans kiss. The Green Knight is some of his best work.

8-“The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s unfinished retelling, published in 1976, adapts Arthurian legends for modern readers, focusing on their timeless themes and the characters’ humanity. Despite its incompleteness, Steinbeck’s narrative is accessible and deeply personal.

Is an American author John Steinbeck’s book that came out after he died? Retelling the Arthurian story in a modern way that focuses on the characters’ feelings and thoughts is what the book is about.

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights is a strong and moving look into the story of King Arthur. Steinbeck’s writing is beautiful and simple, and this book has some of the most remembered scenes in all of Arthurian literature.

9-“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s 1889 novel humorously critiques chivalry through the eyes of a 19th-century American in Arthur’s court. It blends satire, social commentary, and adventure, offering a unique take on Arthurian myths.







10- “Guinevere: The Legend in Autumn” by Persia Woolley

As part of a trilogy, Persia Woolley’s novel reimagines Queen Guinevere’s life, depicting her as strong and independent. It combines historical detail with myth, providing insight into one of the legend’s key figures.








The King Arthur legend remains a source of fascination, embodying ideals of bravery and justice. These ten books offer diverse insights into the enduring tale, reflecting its significance across time. Book Writing Services invite readers to explore the legend’s depth, keeping the myth vibrant and relevant.

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