The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature

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Rachel Bromwich, Alfred Owen Hughes Jarman, Brynley F. Roberts
University of Wales Press, 2008 - History - 310 pages
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This volume is unique in offering a comprehensive discussion of the subject. It will appeal widely to medievalists, to Welsh and Celtic scholars and to those non-specialists who have felt the fascination of the figure of Arthur and wish to know more. Little, if anything, is known historically of Arthur, yet for centuries the romances of Arthur and his court dominated the imaginative literature of Europe in many languages. The roots of this vast flowering of the Arthurian legend are to be found in early Welsh tradition and this volume gives an account of the Arthurian literature produced in Wales, in both Welsh and Latin, during the Middle Ages. The distinguished contributors offer a comprehensive view of recent scholarship relating to Arthurian literature in early Welsh and other Brythonic sources. The volume includes chapters on the "historical" Arthur, Arthur in early Welsh verse, the legend of Merlin, the tales of Culhwch ac Olwen, Geraint, Owain, Peredur, The Dream of Rhonabwy and Trystan ac Esyllt. Other chapters investigate the evidence for the growth of the Arthurian theme in the Triads and in the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth, and discuss the Breton connection and the gradual transmission of the legend to the non-Celtic world.

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An excellent survey of the material - with top-notch research by the best in their field. If people would read this book, we could dispense with all the New Age hodge-podge out there that only clouds ... Read full review

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The Welsh version of Arthur, as opposed to the later French contamination! This is an interesting collection of scholarly articles by various authors, and is well worth reading for anyone interested in the development of the Arthurian legends. Read full review


The Arthur of History
The Early Welsh Arthurian Poems
Culhwch ac Olwen The Triads Saints Lives
Geoffrey of Monmouth Historia Region Britanniae
The Merlin Legend and the Welsh Tradition of Prophecy
Chwedl Geraint ab Erbin
Chwedl ladles y Ffynnon
Historia Peredur ab Efrawg
Breuddwyd Rhonabwy and Later Arthurian Literature
The Tristan of the Welsh
Some SouthWestern Sites with Arthurian Associations
Brittany and the Arthurian Legend
First Transmission to England and France

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About the author (2008)

Rachel Bromwich is Emeritus Reader in Celtic Languages and Literature, University of Cambridge.   A.O.H. Jarman is Emeritus Professor of Welsh, University College, Cardiff.   Brynley F. Roberts is Librarian, National Library of Wales.

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