edited by Cedric E. Pickford and Rex Last ; assistant editor, Christine R. Barker
If one wants to scoop up nearly everything on an Arthurian subject, there is no substitute for the "Arthurian Bibliography" series. In Anglia, in 1981, the first "Arthurian Bibliography" appeared, an exhaustive alphabetical author-listing of all critical material recorded in the standard Arthurian bibliographies up to 1978. This was followed in 1983 by the second volume, giving full indexes by topic, key-word and individual work/author to form a complete subject-index of every topic in Arthurian literature. Summaries and reviews were also indicated where they existed. "Arthurian Bibliography III" updates this invaluable reference work for Arthurian scholars to 1992. Compiled from the BBSIA, it conveniently contains both author-listing and subject-index in one volume.
With the appearance in 1999 of the very extensive interim volume covering the years 1978 to 1992, the 'Arthurian Bibliography' became once more the critical source for Arthurian Scholars. This fourth volume of entries, culled in the main from 'BBSIA', covers the years 1993 to 1998 inclusive. The cumulative volumes of the 'Bibliography' offer an exhaustive author and title database of the burgeoning scholarship in the field of Arthurian studies since the inception of the project at Hull over 30 years ago, reflecting the major advances in the field and the continuing relevance of Arthurian material in medieval studies.
Full indexes by topic, keyword and individual work\author form a complete subject-index, based on the indexes in source bibliographies. This is a complete bibliography of Arthurian literature to 1978, the result of five years' work by Professor Cedric Pickford and Dr Rex Last of the University of Hull. It consists of a complete alphabetical author-listing, with key numbers for each item, of all critical material recorded in the standard Arthurian bibliographies (Bruce, Modern Languages Quarterly, BBSIA and various other minor lists) with full indexes by topic, keyword and individual work/author. The total is over 10,000 main entries, with all recorded reviews listed after each entry. Where summaries exist in BBSIA, this is indicated in the main entries. The computer programs have been specially devised and written for this bibliography by Dr Last, and programming and editing of the material has taken more than two years. Updating volumes are planned to appear at five-year intervals.