Malory's Grail Seekers and Fifteenth-Century English Hagiography

Malory's Grail Seekers and Fifteenth-Century English Hagiography

by Alfred Robert Kraemer
     
 

Malory's version of the Grail Quest in The Morte Darthur presents several difficulties for scholars, most important, whether it should be read as a chivalric romance or as a theological treatise like its source, the French Queste. This study looks at a popular fifteenth-century English genre - the saints' lives - and shows that Malory's Grail story

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Malory's version of the Grail Quest in The Morte Darthur presents several difficulties for scholars, most important, whether it should be read as a chivalric romance or as a theological treatise like its source, the French Queste. This study looks at a popular fifteenth-century English genre - the saints' lives - and shows that Malory's Grail story reads very much like the saints' lives written by Lydgate, Capgrave, and Bokenham, which satisfied the same readership that Malory enjoyed. As Vinaver observed, Malory's Grail story had «more in common with the lives of saints» than with chivalric romance.

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Kraemer looks to popular 15th-century English saints' lives to unravel the riddle of whether the Grail Quest in Malory's should be read as a chivalric romance or as a theological treatise like its source, the French . He finds the story to be very much like the saints' lives by Lydgate, Capgrave, and Bokenham, who shared a readership with Malory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780820441238
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Studies in the Humanities
Pages:
144

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