Arthurian Literature VIII

April 1989
1 black and white illustrations
212 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Literature
ISBN: 9780859912839
Format: Hardback

Arthurian Literature VIII

Edited by Richard Barber, Tony Hunt, Toshiyuki Takamiya

Continuing its policy of publishing extended explorations of Arthurian subjects, this eighth volume of Arthurian Literature contains four articles. Elizabeth Archibald addresses the reasons for the insertion of the story of Mordred's incestuous birth into many versions of the Arthurian legend (including Malory's) from the early 13th century on, and follows its development from the Vulgate Cycle to later Arthurian narratives. The use of irony to point up aspects of the Lancelot-Guinevere relationship in the prologue to Le Chavalier de la Charrete is explored by Jan Janssens. The early 13th-century Romance of Fergus is introduced and translated by D.D.R. Owen, who finds it of special interest not just because of its uniquely Scottish setting, but also because its use of parody foreshadows later medieval comedy; Scottish concerns also figure in Edward Donald Kennedy's discussion of the 15th-century chronicler John Hardyng's use of the story of Galahad's grail quest, and the changes he made.

Table of Contents

Arthur and Mordred: Variations on an Incest Theme - Elizabeth Archibald
Un 'Fin' Amant' et l'ironie romanesque: Lancelot et la chanson de change - Jan Janssens
Guillaume le Clerc: The Romance of Fergus - D.D.R. Owen ***
John Hardyng and the Holy Grail - Edward Donald Kennedy


`Epitomises what is best in Arthurian scholarship today.' ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ROMANISCHE PHILOLOGIE

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