STAFF

Freya Reeves (Lambides) PUBLISHER
Debra N. Mancoff EDITOR (VOL. I, #1)
Debra N. Mancoff & William C. Hale CO-EDITORS (VOL. I, #2 - 4)
Alan C. Lupack EDITOR (VOL. II)
Luke Matranga COPY EDITOR (VOL. I)
Daniel P. Nastali COPY EDITOR (VOL. II)
and EDITORIAL ADVISOR

Sara Boyle MANAGING EDITOR
Ted Drendel ART DIRECTION,
CALLIGRAPHY & ART

Theo Kouvatsos LAYOUT & DESIGN
Barri C. DeVigne CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
David Bachi
ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLSHER
Jane L. Johnston EDITORIAL ADVISIOR
Thomas J. Hoberg EDITORIAL ADVISOR

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
(during publication, 1983 - 1987)

Geoffrey Ashe, F.R.S.L.
HISTORY and ARCHEOLOGY

Chairman, Debrett’s Arthurian Committee; Sec’y, Camelot Research Committee; editor, The Quest for Arthur’s Britain; author, numerous Arthurian books; contributor, Speculum; assoc. editor Garland Press’ Arthurian Encyclopedia

Susan P. Casteras
VICTORIAN PAINTING
Assistant Curator of Paintings,
Yale Center for British Art

William J. Connelly
MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
Professor of English,
Middle Tennessee State University

Mildred L. Day
LATIN ROMANCE STUDIES
Editor and Publisher, Quondam et Futurus, Newsletter of Arthurian Studies;
editor and translator, De Ortu Waluuani

Edward R. Haymes
MEDIEVAL GERMAN STUDIES
MUSIC AND OPERA
Department of German, University of Houston

Klaus P. Jankofsky
MIDDLE ENGLISH LITERATURE
MEDIEVAL CULTURE
Professor of English,
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Norris J. Lacy
MEDIEVAL FRENCH STUDIES
Professor of French Literature, University of Kansas; editor, From Camelot to Joyous Guard; North American Branch, International Arthurian Society; editor of Arthurian Encyclopedia (Garland Press)

Valerie D. Lagorio
GRAIL STUDIES

Professor of English, University of Iowa; co-editor, The 14th Century Mystics Newsletter

Suzanne H. MacRae
MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
Ass’t Professor. of English, University to Arkansas at Fayetteville

Debra N. Mancoff
VICTORIAN PAINTING
Assistant Professor of Art History,
Beloit College

James D. Merriman
ARTHURIAN LITERATURE
IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Professor of English, Wichita State University; author, The Flower of Kings

John R. Reed
NINETEENTH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE

Professor of English, Wayne State University; author, Perception and Design in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Raymond H. Thompson
CONTEMPORARY ARTHURIAN LITERATURE

Associate Professor of English, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; associate editor, Arthurian Encyclopedia, author, The Return from Avalon: A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction

 


   
Statement of Purpose        

 

     

 

 


On the one hand, it might be simplest to share the Statement of Purpose that appeared as the first page of the first issue of Avalon to Camelot, which was published in the autumn of 1983… but that would only be part of the story.

Avalon to Camelot was a magazine whose eight issues were published between 1983 and 1987. By bringing together the scholarly and popular interest in the Arthurian legend for the first time, it was developed in an exciting creative crucible. And was staffed by a group of stalwart Arthurians - nearly all of whom volunteered their time and talents.

Our enthusiasm and commitment, in turn, attracted the participation of an advisory board and contributors drawn from some of the most renowned scholars and writers in the field. Much to our delight, it also garnered high praise from enthusiasts and scholars alike.

The magazine was profusely illustrated with images from medieval illuminated manuscripts, others from the heyday of book illustration, contemporary films, and some created especially for us by Alan Lee and other artists. It was printed on acid-free paper and was considered a feast for the eye… as well as the mind.

Since that time, many of our colleagues and contributors have accomplished great things. Soon, Oxford University Press will publish major Arthurian books by two of our editors: in June 2004, Dan Nastali's (and co-author Phil Boardman's) Arthurian Annals, a 2-volume bibliography of Arthurian literature, film, music and more; in 2005, Alan Lupack's Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature (meanwhile, see the online Camelot Project, which he edits).

Alan Lee, the artist whose illustration of Merlin we commissioned for the cover of our final issue - and from which we also created a poster - has been on an almost legendary adventure himself these past several years as his imagery for "The Lord of the Rings" films came spectacularly to life, winning him an Academy Award (and no doubt contributing to the winning of many more). How apt.

Gary Gianni, the artist who illustrated an article on Avalon to Camelot for the Chicago Tribune (later adapted as a poster), later illustrated Prince Valiant. Yes, the same comic strip that inspired an early interest in the Arthurian legend in many of our readers and staff. What could be better....

John and Caitlin Matthews have since authored numerous Arthurian books - with John serving as an advisor on the 2004 film, "King Arthur". And Arthurian scholarship is thriving: Quondam et Futurus is now Arthuriana, with Arthurnet keeping the discussion alive online. There's no question about it... the Once and Future King lives on.

Please spread the word that Avalon to Camelot archives are open and awaiting the discovery of a whole new generation.

With thanks and all best wishes to
old friends and new,

Freya Reeves
Former Publisher, Avalon to Camelot