The Book of Lancelot

March 2003
3 black and white illustrations
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9780859917698
Format: Hardback
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The Book of Lancelot

The Middle Dutch "Lancelot" Compilation and the Medieval Tradition of Narrative Cycles

Bart Besamusca

Translated by Thea Summerfield

First full-length study in English of the Middle Dutch Lancelot-Compilation, of great significance for Arthurian studies.
The Book of Lancelot is a study of the highly intriguing Middle Dutch Lancelot Compilation, a collection of ten Arthurian verse romances, compiled around 1320. Although the compilation is one of the most important Middle Dutch works, and has important implications for Arthurian studies, it is not well-known outside the Low Countries. This monograph, the first full-length English study of the compilation, aims to bring it to a wider audience, analysing the Middle Dutch work and comparing it to French narrative cycles, Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur, and Ulrich Füetrer's Buch der Abenteuer.
The book consists of five chapters. The introductory chapter deals with the study of cyclicity, the literary context of the Lancelot Compilation, and the manuscript tradition. In the following three chapters the ten romances are studied one by one. Each analysis consists of two parts: a description of the compiler's source and a survey of his interventions. In the fifth and last chapter the Lancelot Compilation is characterized as a narrative cycle and compared with French, English and German cycles. The monograph concludes with an attempt to describe the essence of the compilation.

BART BESAMUSCA is Associate Professor in the Department of Dutch at Utrecht University.

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Bart Besamusca is Associate Professor at the Department of Dutch, Utrecht University.

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