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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends Paperback – 25 May 1995


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books; New edition edition (25 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852306475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852306472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bringing together material from a wide range of sources, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, the Mabinogion and the English Gawain cycles, this book examines the various strands of Arthurian myth. It is illustrated with paintings, photographs, maps and family trees.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Moore on 29 Aug. 2005
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Not a book to read but a wonderful source of reference. All the characters, places and events from the myriad of different versions are bought together and explained in one place for what I think is the first time. The illustrations are superbly reproduced from a wide rangew of sources and styles from simple sketches to middle age versions and on to the paintings of the Pre Raphaelites.
Sumptuous and interresting for the collector and researcher.
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By tracey coombs on 11 Oct. 2014
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Was everything as said in description well packaged and quick delivery will be using again thank you
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An Excalibur of a book... 4 Jan. 2015
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Finely illustrated, as well as detailed in the steep of Arthurian legend.
A must-have!
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Extremely disappointing 17 Aug. 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Other reviews claimed that this Encyclopedia was scholarly and exhaustive, so I purchased it to aid in my research. Not only did it NOT include characters from the less popular/canonical texts, but it had entries that were missing information, had incorrect information, used spellings of names that I have never seen elsewhere without including their variant spellings, and didn't bother to say from which texts the characters it was describing came. The complete unreliability of the Encyclopedia was such that even if it did contain an entry for a character that I needed to look up, I would be hesitant to trust what it has to say.

The Encyclopedia would be a great buy for someone who has a mild interest in Arthurian legend, but is useless as a tool for a scholar. Its beautiful illustrations and designs are a saving grace--it makes a good coffee table book, but if you are looking for a book that includes correct and thorough information, I would recommend Christopher Bruce's Arthurian Names Dictionary or Norris J. Lacy's New Arthurian Encyclopedia.
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Good Companion 1 Mar. 2013
By Kristen L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am taking an Arthurian legends course this summer, so I'm using this as a companion for Le Morte 'd Arthur.
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