to the Collection...
I first started collecting novels
about King Arthur when my parents bought me one
my first comics for the long drive to our holiday
destination, when I was about seven years old.
Although that sparked a very different collection
at the time (comics, of which there are about
2000 loitering about here now), my Arthurian
curiosity only changed to a historical 'obsession'
when I became familiar with the children's/young
More specific, the novels by
Rosemary Sutcliff that I found in our local
library. My first experience with these fantastic
books was 'Eagle of the Ninth', and other books
by Sutcliff soon followed. What then started the
Arthurian collection was 'The Lantern Bearers',
featuring the young Arthur. Though I was about
ten at the time, it made a big impression and
that particular volume is still very dear to me.
The sequel though ('Sword at Sunset', of which I
'discovered' a translation on my parents'
bookshelves) I still consider the very best
Arthurian novel ever.
The collection really started some
ten years ago, when I met my wife. She shared
this interest, which makes collecting these books
a lot easier - especially because the sheer
volume does tend to take up some space against
our living room walls...
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This collection contains 629 items
The collection consists of
all kinds of of Arthurian books. Novels
mostly, of course, but also historical
and fantasy versions of the legend,
though there are some very good horror,
espionage, detective or even SF variants
I think that
every possible derivate of the legend
deserves a place in this collection, but
I do tend to be somewhat more strict when
it comes to Classical literature. These
are indeed mostly variants of the same
theme (the 'Round Table', 'Merlin and the
Dragons' or 'Young Arthur').
The (Pseudo-) scientific
part of the collection contains all kinds
of books, from the really good scientific
research to the sheer lunacy (a.k.a. 'bestseller')
that's on the market nowadays.
I am also a bit
strict when it comes to Children's books.
Most are in Dutch I'm afraid. They are
variants of the same theme; 'Young Arthur'
or 'Young Merlin', 'Tales of the Knights
of the Round Table', but with a few
The comics I enjoy as 'harmless',
mostly because they are the part I
started off with all those years ago.
Most belong to only two series; 'Prince
Valiant' and 'De Rode Ridder' (Red Knight).
Third largest is the reality series by
Cothias/Rouge. All comics are in Dutch,
with a few in French.
While the music is mostly
of the instrumental kind (epecially that
by Medwyn Goodall), the movies vary from
classic action movies to the absurd (Monty
Python), though most of them are animated.
Starting with calendars, games (card, CD-Rom,
role-playing or tarot), I also have a few