Malory: Texts and Sources

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During the last thirty years, the study of Malory's text and sources has given rise to hotly contested issues and spectacular discoveries, as well as fundamental questions about the nature of his Morte Darthurand how we should read it. The debate has given rise to hotly contested issues and spectacular discoveries, even requiring forensic examination of the unique manuscript of Malory's great book; it has also thrown fresh light on Malory's art, politics, revisions, tastes, reading, knowledge of Europe, and sense of history. Professor Peter Field is a leading authority on these questions, and the essays collected here, revised and updated for this edition, are of great importance for an understanding of Malory. A new study considers the relative authoirty of the Winchester and Caxton texts. P.J.C. FIELDis Professor of English at the University of Wales, Bangor.
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Field is better acquainted than anyone else in Britain, perhaps in the world, with the minutiae of the issues which which current Malory scholarship concerns itself... a valuable guide. MEDIUM AEVUM This very substantial collection of essays makes an extremely valuable contribution to our uinderstanding of one of the greatest authors of the later middle ages. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES Extremely useful and important volume. MLR Reveals the breadth and depth of one of the sharpest minds currently at work on Malory. ANGLIA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859915366
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/17/1998
  • Series: Arthurian Studies, #40
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Earliest Texts of Malory's Morte Darthur 1
2 The Choice of Texts for Malory's Morte Darthur 14
3 Malory's Minor Sources 27
4 French Words and Phrases in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur 32
5 Fifteenth-Century History in Malory's Morte Darthur 47
6 Author, Scribe and Reader in Malory: The Case of Harleuse and Peryne 72
7 Malory's Mordred and the Morte Arthure 89
8 Hunting, Hawking and Textual Criticism in Malory's Morte Darthur 103
9 The Amsterdam University Fragment of the Old French Prose Merlin 114
10 Caxton's Roman War 126
11 The Empire of Lucius Iberius 162
12 Malory's Morte Arthure and the King of Wales 187
13 Malory's Place-Names: Roone and the Low Country 189
14 Malory's Place-Names: Westminster Bridge and Virvyn 191
15 'Above Rubies': Malory and Morte Arthure 2559-61 196
16 Malory and the French Prose Lancelot 199
17 Malory and Perlesvaus 224
18 Malory and Chretien de Troyes 236
19 The Source of Malory's 'Tale of Gareth' 246
20 The French Prose Tristan: A note on some manuscripts, a list of printed texts, and two correlations with Malory's Morte Darthur 261
21 Malory's Trapdoor and the Name Estorause 276
22 Time and Elaine of Ascolat 280
23 Malory and The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell 284
Bibliography 295
Index 309
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