Latin Arthurian Literature

December 2005
292 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Archives
ISBN: 9781843840640
Format: Hardback
BIC D, 1D, 2AB, 3H

Latin Arthurian Literature

Translated by Mildred Leake Day

Edited by Mildred Leake Day

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Parallel text and translation of Arthurian romances in Latin.
Latin is the language not only of numerous Arthurian chronicles - including the most important of all, Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannie - but also of a small number of important but largely neglected romances concerning Arthur and his knights. Several of these romances clearly take their inspiration from the chronicle tradition, and their authors sometimes join romance adventures with actual events and characters (such as Henry II) in order to give the appearance of history to Arthurian fiction. Ranging in date from the late twelfth to the fourteenth century, these romances include De ortu Waluuanii (in which Gawain defeats the Persian champion for the peace of Jerusalem), Historia Meriadoci, Arthur and Gorlagon, and Draco Normannicus. These four texts are presented here in facing text and translation, and accompanied by a thorough introduction and extensive notes.


This extremely useful and valuable edition deserves to be in every medievalist's library. MEDIUM AEVUM

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