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CHAP PAGE PREFACE V
THE CHARLEMAGNE ROMANCES
ORIGINS OF THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND
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adventures Anglo-Norman Arthur Arthurian legend Arthurian romance audience barons became become Boron Breton lays Celtic Chanson de Roland chansons de gestes character Charlemagne Charlemagne romances chastity Chretien Chretien de Troyes Christian chronicles Church composed conception courtly love crusading deeds distorted earlier earliest elements England English romance English versions episodes exaggeration fame famous feudal fighting fostered France French romance Galahad Geoffrey Grail Greek Green Knight Guenivere Guy of Warwick Havelok Havelok the Dane heroic Huon of Bordeaux ideals incorporated inspired interest Iseult killed King Horn knightly ladies Lancelot later Latin literature lover magic Marie Marie de France marriage married medieval romance Merlin Middle Ages modern naturally Norman oral traditions original Percival period poem poets popular tradition portrayed present probably prose Merlin queen quest race reflect regarded religious Saracens Saxons Sir Gawain spirit story stress supreme symbolical symbolise tion Tristram twelfth century vassals verse warfare women writers written Ywain