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The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends Paperback – July, 1998

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Mike Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books including the bestselling Mammoths Comic Fantasy, Seriously Comic Fantasy and Fantasy, and the crime-fiction collections The Mammoth Book of Locked Room Mysteries, The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits and The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits.He lives in Chatham, Kent. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 566 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786705329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786705320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think that this book was very inspiring and I loved reading every page of it, although some stories were a little too detailed, like the "Winning of Olwen", but the rest was great. The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends inspired me to read more, and learn more about the Arthurian Legends, and now I am obsessed, the story of King Arthur has so many aspects to it, it would be a great subject for any reader, it has magic, mystery, battles and bloodshed, and romance. It is a great book, and for anyone who hasn't read it is missing a great deal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WisdomWarrior@excite.com on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great contains many great stories of Aurther and has many great writers in this book such as John Steinbeck. This is a great novel and covers Aurther's entire lifespan. I would suggest this book to any middle age enthusist or any historian or anybody studying british litrature.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a huge collection of stories about the mighty king of Britain and his Knights. An amazing chronological tale, that includes many great authors, and includes the original chronicles as well. The hand picked selection of stories highlights each one of the authors abilities, making it all the better. The only problem it the mammoth size, and the same drudgery can get bothersome toward the middle. I recommend this anyone who likes Arthurian legends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth Gallego on January 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Ashley's anthology provides a thorough introduction to the story of Arthur by bringing together a variety of stories about Arthur, his knights, and other aspects of the legends. The stories cover Arthur's birth and fosterage, his rise to power, the exploits of some of his knights, Merlin's influence, and the demise of the Round Table. The last story in the book is a special treat.
Because the stories come from different times, cultures, and authors, some flexibility is necessary. Names change and events are depicted differently from story to story. But this is also an important aspect of the legend, and Ashley's introductory comments to each tale help to tie it all together.
This book, of course, does not cover every aspect of the adventures of Arthur and his Court, but it introduces the reader to a world that has been explored many times by many authors, and the interested reader can choose his own direction confident that he has a good grounding in the story.
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