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The History of Fantasy Literature

By Becky Ferreira Jun 3, 2013

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Camelot

The next big fantasy trendsetters hailed from a small place with a big heart: the British Isles. Their gift to the genre was King Arthur, a legendary leader rumored to have reigned in the late 5th century. As the centuries passed, his legend accumulated new and fantastic dimensions thanks to the tales of Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory. Word of Arthur quickly spread to France, where the luminary Chretien de Troyes added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the legend's growing portfolio. Incredibly, this process is still going on today! Several interpretations of the Arthurian story cycle are published every year by writers eager to experience the legend for themselves. Not only did Camelot influence fantasy, it's still a major participant in it! Way to show off your staying power, Mr. Pendragon.

Tags: history, slideshows, fantasy, cs lewis, the hobbit, jrr tolkien, books-and-comics, the lord of the rings

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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