Excalibur (novel)

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Cover illustration by Gervasio Gallardo Excalibur
AuthorSanders Anne Laubenthal
Cover artistGervasio Gallardo
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pagesxii, 236 pp

Excalibur is a 1973 Arthurian fantasy novel by American writer Sanders Anne Laubenthal. It was first published by Ballantine Books as the sixtieth volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in August, 1973, and has been reprinted a number of times since.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel is set in modern times against the background of the legendary Medieval Welsh colonization of Mobile, Alabama under the prince Madoc in the 12th century. The modern Pendragon, King Arthur's secret successor, must recover Arthur's famed sword Excalibur.

Critical reception[edit]

John Clute praised Excalibur as "a powerful fantasy which conflates the matter of Britain with an American Gothic version of Mobile, Alabama."[1]


  1. ^ "Laubenthal, Sanders Anne", The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, John Clute & John Grant, ed., p.565