The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend
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170 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend

Edited by Rhiannon Purdie and Nicola Royan

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First full-length exploration of the Arthurian legend in Scotland.
Scotland's importance in Arthurian legend is undeniable: it was the traditional homeland of key figures such as Gawain; its landscape is still dotted with Arthurian associations, and many modern attempts to locate a historical Arthur end up in Scotland. Nevertheless, Scotland's complex relationship with Arthurian legend has been surprisingly neglected, and this volume is the first to be dedicated to it. The essays cover the period between the appearance inca. 1136 of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and the accession of James VI to the English throne as James I in 1603 - five centuries of precarious Scottish independence during which the relationship of theScots and the English, as refracted through Arthurian legend, is at its most turbulent and changeable.
The approaches are both literary and historical, covering such topics as the direct responses of early Scottish historians to the challenges set by Geoffrey's work, Arthurian literature written in Scots, the circulation of other Arthurian material in Scotland, and the portrayal of Scotland and the Scots in English and French Arthurian texts.
Introduction: `Tartan Arthur?' [with Nicola Royan] -
Introduction: `Tartan Arthur?' [with Rhiannon Purdie] - Nicola Royan
Where does Britain end? The Reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth in Scotland and Wales - Juliette Wood
The Testimony of Writing: Pierre de Langtoft and the Appeals to History, 1291-1306 - Thea Summerfield
The Fine Art of Faint Praise in Older Scots Historiography - Nicola Royan
The Roman de Fergus Parody or Pastiche?/I> - Tony Hunt
Lancelot of the Laik: Sources, Genre and Reception - Elizabeth Archibald
Sir Lamwell in Scotland - Priscilla Bawcutt
The Search for Scottishness in Golagros and Gawane -
`Of an Uncouthe Stede': the Scottish Knight in Middle English Arthurian Romances -
Dead Butchers and Fiend-like Queens: Literary and Political History in The Misfortunes of Arthur and Macbeth - Andrew King
Reinventing Arthur: Reresentations of the Matter of Britain in Medieval Scotland and Catalonia - Sergi Mainer
"Succeeds in offering an impressive range of illuminating and persuasive readings." ENGLISH STUDIES
"A welcome addition to our knowledge of Scottish Arthurian literature." MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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Title Details

170 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Arthurian Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer