The Two Versions of Malory's Morte Darthur

October 1995
182 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9780859914376
Format: Hardback

The Two Versions of Malory's Morte Darthur

Multiple Negation and the Editing of the Text

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Analysis of the relationship between the Winchester manuscript and Caxton's edition. Detailed linguistic analysis of the two versions of the Morte Darthur, charting important changes in the development of the English language.
Malory's Morte Darthursurvives in two versions: the Winchester manuscript, which has been dated 1469-70, and the edition Caxton published in 1485. These versions were thought to be collaterally related through a common source to an original lost manuscript, until in 1977 new evidence suggested a linear descent. Dr Tieken-Boon van Ostade's study supports this argument, first through a detailed refutation of Vinaver's arguments for collateral descent, then through an analysis of the incidence of multiple negation in both versions of the Morte Darthurand the conclusions to be drawn from it. A reconstruction of the events leading to Caxton's publication of the text at a politically hazardous time completes the volume.Dr INGRID TIEKEN-BOON VAN OSTADEis lecturer in English at the University of Leiden. Two books already published centre on the history of the English language.


Makes excellent use of the fruits of bibliography and textual scholarship while offering new insights and breaking new ground. LIBRARY

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