posted on Nov, 28 2005 @ 05:10 PM
An excellent question.
The legends have adapted to fit the periods. I've been reading through some of the oldest Grail legends available (on the Gutenberg Project of
electronic books) and always enjoyed reading Arthurian legends. Mallory certainly changed up quite a bit of what he found, but the modern reworking
of the legends just aggravate me to death.
I think my favorite reworking of Arthur is "The Once And Future King." I also liked "The Crystal Cave" trilogy.
I've read most of the ones listed here:
This has a particularly fine introduction that goes over the formation of the legend and some of the major changes (up until the 1800's)
What was interesting to me is that in the first versions, Queen Guenevere dies before Arthur does (dies of loneliness and depression while he's off
on one of his year-long or longer quests.)
The archaeological evidence is murky but there's some suggestion that he's based on a real king or a real hero.