9780521677882

The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521677882

  • ISBN10:

    0521677882

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

For more than a thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been retold across Europe. They have inspired some of the most important works of European literature, particularly in the medieval period: the romances of Chrčtien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. In the nineteenth century, interest in the Arthurian legend revived with Tennyson, Wagner and Twain. This Companion outlines the evolution of the legend from the earliest documentary sources to Spamalot, and analyses how some of the major motifs of the legend have been passed down in both medieval and modern texts. With a map of Arthur's Britain, a chronology of key texts and a guide to further reading, this volume itself will contribute to the continuing fascination with the King and his many legends.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Frequently Cited Sources and Abbreviationsp. xii
A Selective Chronologyp. xv
Map of Arthurian Britainp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Evolutionp. 19
The early Arthur: history and mythp. 21
The twelfth-century Arthurp. 36
The thirteenth-century Arthurp. 53
The fourteenth-century Arthurp. 69
The fifteenth-century Arthurp. 84
The Arthur of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuriesp. 103
The Arthur of the twentieth and twenty-first centuriesp. 120
Themesp. 137
Questioning Arthurian idealsp. 139
Arthurian ethicsp. 154
Imperial Arthur: home and awayp. 171
Love and adultery: Arthur's affairsp. 188
Religion and magicp. 201
Arthurian geographyp. 218
Further Readingp. 235
Indexp. 253
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