Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor

Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor

Edited by Alison Wiggins, Rosalind Field

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

The first interdisciplinary enquiry into a key figure in medieval and early modern culture.
Guy of Warwick is England's other Arthur. Elevated to the status of national hero, his legend occupied a central place in the nation's cultural heritage from the Middle Ages to the modern period. Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor spans the Guy tradition from its beginnings in Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance right through to the plays and prints of the early modern period and Spenser's Faerie Queene, including the visual tradition in manuscript illustration and material culture as well as the intersection of the legend with local and national history. This volume addresses important questions regarding the continuities and remaking of romance material, and the relation between life and literature. Topics discussed are sensitive to current critical concerns and include translation, reception, magnate ambition, East-West relations, the construction of "Englishness" and national identity, and the literary value of "popular" romance.

ALISON WIGGINS is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow; ROSALIND FIELD is Reader in Medieval Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.

CONTRIBUTORS: JUDITH WEISS, MARIANNE AILES, IVANA DJORDJEVIC, ROSALIND FIELD, ALISON WIGGINS, A.S.G. EDWARDS, ROBERT ALLEN ROUSE, DAVID GRIFFITH, MARTHA W. DRIVER, SIAN ECHARD, ANDREW KING, HELEN COOPER

Details

July 2007
17 black and white illustrations
262 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval Romance
ISBN: 9781843841258
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction
Gui de Warewic at Home and Abroad: A Hero for Europe - Judith Weiss
Gui de Warewic in its Manuscript Context - Marianne Ailes
Guy of Warwick as a Translation - Ivana Djordjevic
From Gui to Guy: The Fashioning of a Popular Romance - Rosalind Field
The Manuscripts and Texts of the Middle English Guy of Warwick - Alison Wiggins
The Speculum Guy de Warwick and Lydgate's Guy of Warwick: The Non-Romance Middle English Tradition - A S G Edwards
An Exemplary Life: Guy of Warwick as Medieval Culture-Hero - Robert Rouse
The Visual History of Guy of Warwick - David Griffith
`In her owne persone semly and bewtwus': Representing Women in Stories of Guy of Warwick - Martha W. Driver
Of Dragons and Saracens: Guy and Bevis in Early Print Illustration - Sian Echard
Guy of Warwick and The Faerie Queene, Book II: Chivalry Through the Ages - Andrew King
Guy as Early Modern English Hero - Helen Cooper

Reviews

Guy of Warwick, finally receives the extensive treatment it deserves, both in its Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance versions, in a very welcome volume. THE YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES
Makes a significant contribution to romance studies. MEDIUM AEVUM
Provides readers with an extremely cohesive exploration of the Guy of Warwick texts and their material contexts. This is a collection that can be read cover-to-cover, and that will reward the scholar who does so.(...)The editors are to be commended for the cohesion and comprehensiveness of the study presented. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW
Highly recommended. CHOICE

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