The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend

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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. 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. This book will contribute to the continuing fascination with King Arthur and his many legends.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The welcome new addition to the authoritative Cambridge Companion series traces Arthurian narrative from history through pseudo-history to romance, and on into the post-medieval centuries. … Ad Putter's chapter on the twelfth century is a masterpiece of compression …' The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521677882
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 712,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Bristol.

Ad Putter is Reader in English Literature at the University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Notes on Contributors ix

Frequently Cited Sources and Abbreviations xii

A Selective Chronology xv

Map of Arthurian Britain xix

Introduction Ad Putter Elizabeth Archibald 1

Part I Evolution 19

1 The early Arthur: history and myth Ronald Hutton 21

2 The twelfth-century Arthur Ad Putter 36

3 The thirteenth-century Arthur Jane H. M. Taylor 53

4 The fourteenth-century Arthur J. A. Burrow 69

5 The fifteenth-century Arthur Barry Windeatt 84

6 The Arthur of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries Rob Gossedge Stephen Knight 103

7 The Arthur of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Norris J. Lacy 120

Part II Themes 137

8 Questioning Arthurian ideals Elizabeth Archibald 139

9 Arthurian ethics Jane Gilbert 154

10 Imperial Arthur: home and away Andrew Lynch 171

11 Love and adultery: Arthur's affairs Peggy Mccracken 188

12 Religion and magic Corinne Saunders 201

13 Arthurian geography Robert Allen Rouse Cory James Rushton 218

Further Reading 235

Index 253

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