The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory's Morte Darthur

November 2000
3 black and white illustrations
168 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9780859915946
Format: Hardback

The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory's Morte Darthur

Edited by D. Thomas Hanks Jr, Jessica G. Brogdon

Malory's world explored, from the battle of Towton to the "grete bokes" of chivalric material composd for aristocratic families.
Many aspects of Malory's Morte Darthur reflect contemporary literary and social issues, and it is this topic which forms the focus for the eight essays in the volume, all by leading Malory scholars. Terence McCarthy suggests that the Morte was a book that came at the wrong time, and which we have admired for the wrong reasons. Andrew Lynch and D. Thomas Hanks Jr argue that Malory questions his culture's ideology of arms; Karen Cherewatuk and Kevin Grimm discuss the manuscript and printed contexts of the Morte. Robert Kelly examines some of the political elements of the Morte; Ann Elaine Bliss points out the role of processions in Malory's time and in the Morte; and P.J.C. Field compares the Morte's final battle to elements of the Battle of Towton (1461), finding strong similarities between the two.

Table of Contents

Old Worlds, New Worlds: King Arthur in England - Terence McCarthy
'Thou woll never have done': Ideology, Context and Excess in Malory's War - Andrew Lynch
Sir Thomas Malory's 'Grete Booke' -
Malory and the Battle of Towton - Peter J.C. Field
The Symbolic Importance of Processions in Malory's 'Morte Darthur' and in Fifteenth-Century England - Ann Elaine Bliss
Malory's Anti-Knights: Balin and Breunys - D Thomas Hanks Jr
Malory's Argument Against War with France: the Political Geography of France and the Anglo-French Alliance in the Morte Darthur - Robert L. Kelly
Wynkyn de Worde and the Creation of Malory's 'Morte Darthur' - Kevin T Grimm

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