Malory’s Contemporary Audience
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Series: Arthurian Studies

Series Vol. Number: 66

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Malory's Contemporary Audience

The Social Reading of Romance in Late Medieval England

by Thomas H. Crofts

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New readings of the Morte Darthur place both book and author within the historical and cultural context of fifteenth-century England.

This book seeks to place Malory's Morte Darthur more firmly in its cultural and historical context. Its composition, in the mid to late fifteenth century, took place at a time of great upheaval for England, a period beginning with the loss of Bordeaux (and the Hundred Years War) and ending with the rise of Richard III. During this time the Morte was translated from numerous French sources, copied by scribes, and, finally, in July 1485, printed by William Caxton. The author argues that in this unique production history are reflected the ideological crises which loomed so massively over England's ruling class in the fifteenth century; and that the book is in fact inseparable from these crises.

THOMAS H. CROFTS is Assistant Professor of English at East Tennessee State University
Introduction - Thomas Howard Crofts
The Text at Hand - Thomas Howard Crofts
Caxton's Preface: Historia and Argumentum - Thomas Howard Crofts
Malory's Moral Scribes: `Balin' in the Winchester Manuscript - Thomas Howard Crofts
Usurpation, Right and Redress in Malory's `Roman War' - Thomas Howard Crofts
No Hint of the Future - Thomas Howard Crofts
Epilogue: Two Gestures of Closure - Thomas Howard Crofts

THOMAS H CROFTS is Professor of English at East Tennessee State University.

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Title Details

194 Pages

0 x 0 cm

4 colour illus.

Series: Arthurian Studies

Series Vol. Number: 66

Imprint: D.S.Brewer