The influence and significance of the legend of Arthur are fully demonstrated by the subject matter and time-span of articles here, ranging from a mid twelfth-century Latin vita of the Welsh saint Dyfrig to the early modern Arthur of the Dutch. Topics addressed include the reasons for Edward III's abandonment of the Order of the Round Table; the 1368 relocation of Arthur's tomb at Glastonbury Abbey; the evidence for our knowledge of the French manuscript sources for Malory's first tale, in particular the Suite du Merlin; and the central role played by Cornwall in Malory's literary worldview. Meanwhile, a survey of the pan-European aspects of medieval Arthurian literature, considering key characters in both familiar and less familiar languages such as Old Norse and Hebrew, further outlines its popularity and impact.
Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of English, University of Durham; Professor David F. Johnson teaches in the English Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee.
Contributors: Dorsey Armstrong, Christopher Berard, Bart Besamusca, P.J.C. Field, Linda Gowans, Sjoerd Levelt, Julian M. Luxford, Ryan Naughton, Jessica Quinlan, Joshua Byron Smith
First Published: 20 Dec 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843337
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB
Details updated on 25 May 2013
- 1 General Editors' Foreword
- 2 Edward III's Abandoned Order of the Round Table
- 3 King Arthur's Tomb at Glastonbury: The Relocation of 1368 in Context
- 4 Benedict of Gloucester's Vita Sancti Dubrucii: An Edition and Translation
- 5 New Evidence for an Interest in Arthurian Literature in the Dutch Low Counties in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries
- 6 Malory's Source-Manuscript for the First Tale of Le Morte Darthur
- 7 Malory's Sources - and Arthur's Sisters - Revisited
- 8 Peace, Justice and Retinue-Building in Malory's 'The Tale of Sir Garethy of Orkney'
- 9 Mapping Malory's Morte: The (Physical) Place and (Narrative) Space of Cornwall
- 10 The Fringes of Arthurian Fiction