Excalibur (novel)

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Cover illustration by Gervasio Gallardo Excalibur
Author Sanders Anne Laubenthal
Cover artist Gervasio Gallardo
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages xii, 236 pp
ISBN 0-345-23416-2
OCLC 2370651

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