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:
1. Once and Future King – T.H. White
2. The Way of King Arthur – Christopher Hibbert
Some of my choices I will take from the following books: