The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend

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Elizabeth Archibald, Ad Putter
Cambridge University Press, Sep 10, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 261 pages
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For more than a thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been retold across Europe. They have inspired some of the most important works of European literature, particularly in the medieval period: the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. In the nineteenth century, interest in the Arthurian legend revived with Tennyson, Wagner and Twain. This Companion outlines the evolution of the legend from the earliest documentary sources to Spamalot, and analyses how some of the major motifs of the legend have been passed down in both medieval and modern texts. With a map of Arthur's Britain, a chronology of key texts and a guide to further reading, this volume itself will contribute to the continuing fascination with the King and his many legends.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
history and myth
21
The twelfthcentury Arthur
36
The thirteenthcentury Arthur
53
The fourteenthcentury Arthur
69
The fifteenthcentury Arthur
84
The Arthur of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries
103
Questioning Arthurian ideals
139
Arthurian ethics
154
home and away
171
Arthurs affairs
188
Religion and magic
201
I3 Arthurian geography
218
Further Reading
235
Index
253
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Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Bristol.

Ad Putter is Reader in English Literature at the University of Bristol.

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