STATEMENT OF PURPOSE


    The epic of Arthur the King has survived form more than a millennium. From the earliest reference to a warrior in Dark Age bardic lore, through the romantic medieval legend of the ideal chivalric hero, to modern cinema, the figure of Arthur has spoken to manís mind and soul. Endowed with an uncanny flexibility, the legend has survived many interpretations, and has fascinated numerous generations of scholars, artists, and enthusiasts alike. The desire to explore this impulse in its entirety has sparked the genesis of Avalon to Camelot, a quarterly illustrated journal devoted to providing a public forum for the many voices of the legend.

There are many avenues to the study and appreciation of the Arthurian legend. The search for the historical Arthur is an important challenge to modern archaeology and history. The richness of the literary tradition stimulates exploration in the fields of literature, criticism, and philology. The spiritual mysteries of the legend have touched manís need to comprehend the mystical qualities of his own reality. The legend has provided inspiration for visual artists from the illuminators of medieval manuscripts to the creators of contemporary films. Above all, the urge to rewrite the legend for its current audience has been an essential aspect of the vitality of the tradition, establishing an evolution from ancient bardic fragments to popular novels. Each facet must be acknowledged and understood if one is to be concerned with the whole of the Arthurian tradition. Scholarly investigation provides new insight and popular interest promotes creative interpretation. Whatever oneís approach, the power of the legend remains undiminished.

Avalon to Camelot will traverse this complex tradition. The evolution of the legend in both history and fiction, from its inception tot he present, will be explored in articles embracing the whole range of Arthurian interests. Our staff and contributors reflect the diverse interests of our audience, and our editorial board has been drawn from the variety of disciplines that make up the core of Arthurian studies. It is the fascination with the legend of Arthur, its vision, its message, its promise of return ≠ that unites us in our purpose. In that way, we seek an active role in the contynuing life of the legendn Surveying the vista from Glastonbury Tor towards Cadbury, the historical and archaeological site which may have been Arthurís citadel, author Geoffrey Ashe once observed:

To start out from Camelot to Avalon - the way, perhaps, of Arthur's passing - is no more than following your eye. To start out from Avalon to Camelot - the way (one presumes) of his return - is an act of faith.

It is the latter road we will follow, and it is in good faith that we invite your participation in Avalon to Camelot.