The Arthurian Literature Reading Challenge 2014

Jean over at Howling Frog Books has put together this great challenge for 2014:  The Arthurian Literature Reading Challenge.





The rules are as follows:


1.  The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

2.  Sign-ups are open until November 30, 2014.

3.  To sign up, grab the button, write a post, and comment ON THE PAGE.

     Include the link to your sign-up post for it to count.  Keep track of your 

     reading and write a wrap-up post when you're done, which you will submit

     at the end of the year.  She will follow your blog, and you follow hers, and

     you can discuss as you read.

4.  Books chosen for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.

5.  Book can be translated into the language of your choice, though if you are

     game for trying out some Middle English or Old French, go for it!

6.  Arthurian "cousins" count.  If you wish to read up on Tristan and Iseult or

     Parzival, or go haring off after the Fisher King, feel free.

7.  It is OK to read something pretty tangential that still deals with the

    Arthurian tradition, such as Charles Williams' War In Heaven.  If you can

    make a reasonable case for it, go ahead.  Still, she'd like to keep the main 

    focus on the medieval works.

8.  She has categorized works by date into Old (pre-1800), Modern (1800-

     1950), and Recent (1950+).  If you wish to read Recent works, that's fine,

     but you must read more Old and Modern works than Recent.  No reading

     all of Mary Stewart (great as she is) and nothing else!  Don't worry, quite

     a few works are short and/or not difficult to read.

9.  Levels will consist of:


     Page:  read 2 works, one of which may be Recent

     Squire:  read 3 - 4 works, one of which may be Recent and one must be


     Knight:  read 5 - 6 works, two of which may be Recent and one must be


     Paladin:  read more than 6 works, two of which may be Recent and two 

                     must be Old, unless you include a non-fiction work (see Bonus)


     Bonus achievement:  read a non-fiction work analyzing Arthurian 



I am going to aim for Squire with 3 -4 works and hope to reach the level of Knight with 5 - 6 works.  My list:














Some of my choices I will take from the following books:








I'm really looking forward to this challenge and learning more about King Arthur and his knights!