Arthurian Literature XXXIV

July 2018
11 black and white illustrations
177 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Literature
ISBN: 9781843844839
Format: Hardback

Arthurian Literature XXXIV

Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, David F. Johnson

The continued influence and significance of the legend of Arthur are demonstrated by the articles collected in this volume.
The enduring appeal and rich variety of the Arthurian legend are once again manifest here. Chrétien's Erec et Enide features first in a case study of the poet's endings and medieval theories of poetic composition. Next follows an essay that comes to the rather surprising-but- convincing conclusion that the "traitor" spoken of in the opening lines of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is neither Aeneas nor Antenor, but Paris. Another essay dealing with Sir Gawain, this time in Malory's Morte Darthur, offers among other things an answer to the question of how Gawain knows the exact hour of his death. Few native Irish Arthurian tales have come down to us: a discussion of "The Tale of the Crop-Eared Dog" shows it to be both bizarre and popular, as witnessed by the many manuscripts in which it is preserved. The materiality of the Arthurian legend is represented here by a detailed treatment of the lead cross supposedly found in the grave of King Arthur at Glastonbury Abbey in 1191. Finally, this volume continues Arthurian Literature's tradition of publishing unfamiliar or previously unknown Arthurian texts, in this instance an original Middle English translation of the story of the sword in the stone, from the Old French Merlin.

ELIZABETH ARCHIBALD is Professor of English Studies at Durham University, and Principal of St Cuthbert's Society; DAVID F. JOHNSON is Professor of English at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Contributors: Lindy Brady, David Carlton, Neil Cartlidge, Nicole Clifton, Oliver Harris, Richard Moll, Rebecca Newby.

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Table of Contents

Illusory Ends in Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide - Rebecca Newby
Who is the Traitor at the Beginning of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? - Neil Cartlidge
Sir Gawain's Death and Prophecy in Malory's Morte Darthur - Nicole Clifton
Late Medieval Irish Kingship, Egerton 1782, and the Irish Arthurian Romance Eachtra an Mhadra Mhaoil ('The Story of the Crop-Eared Dog') - Lindy Brady
'Which I have beholden with most curiouse eyes': The Lead Cross from Glastonbury Abbey - Oliver Harris
The Arundel Coronatio Arthuri: A Middle English Sword in the Stone Story from London, College of Arms MS Arundel 58 - David Carlton and Richard Moll

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