“The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones

The Royal Mail’s “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps, available now, feature art by concept artist Jaime Jones.

Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones

The ten stamps, which feature original illustrations, depict key moments in King Arthur’s story,

“These atmospheric illustrations bring to life the timeless stories of the king and the knights of the round table,” says Philip Parker, of the Royal Mail.

“With its themes of magic, chivalry and quests, the enduring legend of King Arthur has entranced for centuries and will continue to do so.”

Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones - First Day Cover

While omitting some of the awkward moments in Arthur’s fictional tale and perhaps inevitably prompting online wags to post Monty Python and the Holy Grail quotes, the set features some great art by Jaime Jones, an American illustrator and concept artist working in film, games and print.

Jones clients also include Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Bungie, NCSoft, Blizzard, National Geographic, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Macmillan Publishers and Wizards of the Coast.

Check out the full The Legend of King Arthur here on the Royal Mail web site

  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones
  • Royal Mail “The Legend of King Arthur” stamps by Jaime Jones

Merlin and the baby Arthur
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Merlin holds baby Arthur, the future king, whose origins remain shrouded in mystery, and in Merlin’s power, until Arthur is revealed to be Uther Pendragon’s rightful son and heir.

Arthur draws the sword from the stone
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Arthur’s birthright to the crown of England, according to later romance traditions, is confirmed when he pulls out the sword in view of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the whole court.

Arthur takes Excalibur
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Arthur’s famed sword, Excalibur, is the gift of the Lady of the Lake, and a symbol of his tutelage by Merlin and his mission in the world. Destined for greatness, Arthur excels in all human virtues.

Arthur marries Guinevere
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Despite Merlin’s warnings, Arthur chooses Guinevere as his wife. Her dowry, Thomas Malory tells us, is the Round Table, which Arthur will use to build a fellowship of knights united around the values of loyalty and equality.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Arthur’s nephew and chief counsellor, Sir Gawain, here swings his axe to chop off the head of the Green Knight, whose deadly Christmas game of blows startles Arthur’s court and challenges its values.

Knights of the Round Table
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Around the Round Table, knights from Europe and all nations in the British Isles share the same values of loyalty and unite as equals to protect the weak and defend the realm.

Sir Lancelot defeats the dragon
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Emblematic since Arthur Rackham’s illustrations dating from the early 20th century, Lancelot’s slaying of the dragon shows God’s grace granted to Lancelot in the fight with the Devil/darkness, despite Lancelot’s own sins.

Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail
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Sir Galahad, the pure knight, is the epitome of perfection among Round Table knights, and the opposite of his father, Lancelot. His unique success in the Grail Quest reveals the moral failures of Arthurian chivalry.

Arthur battles Mordred
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Arthur and Mordred meet one last time in battle, fulfilling their destiny: Arthur’s, to be mortally wounded by his own son, and Mordred’s, to commit the sin of patricide and treason.

The death of King Arthur
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The wounded Arthur departs for Avalon on a barge driven by three queens. This represents hope for the king’s return, and the agency of women in healing and in preserving his memory and stories.

Check out the full The Legend of King Arthur here on the Royal Mail web site

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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