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King Arthur In Legend and History

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Presenting selections from medieval Latin, Welsh, English, French and German literature, Richard White traces the Arthurian legend from the earliest mentions of Arthur in Latin chronicles to Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Many of these selections are translated here for the time into English.

Bringing together an extensive range of diverse material which reveals the development of the figure of Arthur, this anthology enables the reader to understand how the Arthurian legend ...

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Overview

Presenting selections from medieval Latin, Welsh, English, French and German literature, Richard White traces the Arthurian legend from the earliest mentions of Arthur in Latin chronicles to Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Many of these selections are translated here for the time into English.

Bringing together an extensive range of diverse material which reveals the development of the figure of Arthur, this anthology enables the reader to understand how the Arthurian legend developed over a period of more than five hundred years. King Arthur in Legend and History also includes a chronology of key Arthurian texts, an appendix of the Arthurian Courts, a list of sources, suggestions for further reading and bibliography. Also inlcludes five maps.

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A collection of medieval Arthurian literature and history spanning 500 years, culled from Latin, English, Welsh, French, and German sources and presenting many passages translated into English for the first time. Selections are arranged in sections on early works, Monmouth and the Brut chronicle tradition, Arthur in early French romance, the Vulgate cycle, later French romance, German and English romances, and historical texts. Each selection is preceded by a brief introduction. Includes a chronology of Arthurian texts, b&w photos and maps, and an appendix of Arthurian Courts. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415920636
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,192,005
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard White is Visiting Lecturer at Tamagawa University, Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

Note on the Editor
Chronology of Key Arthurian Texts
Foreword
Introduction
Note on the Text
Maps
Pt. I Early Works 3
The Ruin of Britain 3
History of the Britons 4
The Annals of Wales 6
The Mabinogion: 'Culhwch and Olwen' 7
The Life of St Goeznovius 12
The Life of St Cadoc 13
The Life of St Carannog 16
The Life of St Iltud 18
The Life of St Padarn 18
The Life of St Gildas 19
The Deeds of the English Kings 22
Pt. 2 Geoffrey of Monmouth and the 'Brut' Chronicle Tradition 25
History of the Kings of Britain 25
History of English Affairs 40
Brut 45
Brut 60
Metrical Chronicle 78
Chronicle 82
The Alliterative Morte Arthure 96
The Parlement of the Thre Ages 125
Chronicles and Ancient Histories of Great Britain 127
Scottish Chronicles: Chronicle of the Scottish People 129
Scottish Chronicles: Chronicle 131
Scottish Chronicles: The Buik of the Chronicles of Scotland 134
Pt. 3 Arthur in Early French Romance 141
Erec and Enide 141
Cliges 146
Lancelot, or the Knight of the Cart 156
Yvain, or the Knight of the Lion 159
Perceval, or the Story of the Grail 162
The First Perceval Continuation 171
The Second Perceval Continuation 177
Perceval Continuation 181
Perceval Continuation 187
The Didot Perceval 188
Perlesvaus, or The High Book of the Grail 194
The Bridleless Mule 209
The Lay of the Horn 211
The Romance of Tristan 217
My Lord Gawain, or the Avenging of Raguidel 221
Meraugis de Portlesguez 234
Concerning the Ancient Church of Glastonbury 240
Yder 241
Fergus of Galloway 248
Gliglois 258
Huth Merlin 261
Pt. 4 The Vulgate Cycle 271
The Story of Merlin 271
The Prose Lancelot 274
The Grail Quest 286
The Death of Arthur 290
The Book of Arthur 298
Pt. 5 Later French Romance 317
The Knight With Two Swords 317
The Perilous Cemetery 326
The Romance of Hunbaut 331
The Romance of Laurin 334
The Rise of Gawain 337
Biausdous 346
The Romance of Claris and Laris 352
Escanor 360
The Marvels of Rigomer 366
The Knight of the Parrot 368
Pt. 6 German and English Romances 385
The Crown 385
Of Arthour and of Merlin 391
The Fair Unknown (Lybeaus Desconus) 396
Sir Percyvell of Gales 403
Ywain and Gawain 409
The Stanzaic Morte Arthur 419
The Anturs of Arther 426
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 438
Syre Gawene and the Carle of Carelyle 456
Syr Launfal 459
The Avowing of King Arthur 465
The Romance of Merlin 475
The Weddynge of Siz Gawen and Dame Ragnell 481
The Works (Le Morte d'Arthur) 490
Pt. 7 Historical Texts 515
Concerning the Miracles of St Mary of Laudun 515
English Prophecies of Merlin Ambrosius 516
Confessions 516
English Chronicle 517
Instruction of a Prince 517
Mirror of the Church 520
The Journey Through Wales 521
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