Pendragonry?

The very phrase “King Arthur” — perhaps with the addition of “and his knights of the Round Table” — is enough to get many people excited, be they romantics, conspiracy theorists or sceptical historians. Many of you may know about my longtime interest in matters Arthuriana (which you may have noticed in the section Arthuriana in the pop-down menu of this blog) and will have spotted the occasional review of fiction or non-fiction with an Arthurian theme.

For some months I’ve been thinking about republishing various essays I’ve written for magazines many decades past, the result of which is the debut of a new WP blog called Pendragonry. Why Pendragonry? Easy choice: ‘pen’ for writing, ‘dragon’ for fantastical, ‘Pendragon’ because I was sometime editor of the journal of the Pendragon Society and ‘-ry’ because this emphasises the European dimension of Arthurian history and legend (as in boulangerie, charcuterie, papeterie or librairie).

Intrigued? Want to know more? Do go have a look at this newly started blog where I hope to post maybe every ten days or so, and feel free to comment, criticise or croon over the opinions expressed there! https://pendragonry.wordpress.com/

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6 thoughts on “Pendragonry?

  1. Do you have any advice on where to find a good accessible introduction to the Arthurian legends (online or in book form)? I just read Susan Cooper’s Over Sea Under Stone and realized that I have a rather vague idea of those legends. But on the other hand I have my hands full with the Nordic Mythologies right now so I don’t want to go too far into another mythological rabbit hole right now. So that’s why I’m looking for a primer of some kind, to get the basic framework in place at least until I have time (perhaps someday) to go deeper into it.

    1. Hmm, good question. Perhaps start with one of those retellings aimed at young readers, which is how many adult specialists started in their childhoods. A classy one is Roger’s Lancelyn Green’s for Puffin/Penguin Books, with its impressive illustrations in the style of late medieval woodcuts (actually done with scissors and black paper). Wordsworth Editions have done a reprint of an Edwardian (?) retelling of the legends called something like ‘King Arthur and his Knights’ but I can’t lay my hand on it at the moment. Really, any retelling would do as they’re mostly based on Malory’s version, itself a synthesis of medieval French epics and earlier sources.

      If you want something basic as reference you could do worse than Ronan Coghlan’s ‘Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends’ first published by Element Books (there’s also a full colour illustrated edition).

    1. Thanks for the compliment and the follow! It’s actually my fourth blog, but the other two are more of an intermittent nature, depending on mood and inclination. But Calmgrove will always be my main focus. 😁

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