The Arthurian Handbook

The Arthurian Handbook

by Norris J. Lacy
     
 

Everything you ever wanted to know about King Arthur and his knights is covered in this fascinating volume: the origins of the Grail legend, the Tristan and Isolde love story in opera and literature, Spielberg's use of Arthurian motifs in Star Wars , the depiction of Arthur in paintings, the presentation of Camelot on the Broadway stage, the twitting of

Overview

Everything you ever wanted to know about King Arthur and his knights is covered in this fascinating volume: the origins of the Grail legend, the Tristan and Isolde love story in opera and literature, Spielberg's use of Arthurian motifs in Star Wars , the depiction of Arthur in paintings, the presentation of Camelot on the Broadway stage, the twitting of the legend in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and much more.
This critical survey of Arthurian history and legend, archaeology, literature, and the arts from the fifth century to the present provides an introduction for the general reader and a useful summary for the specialist. It offers both historical facts and key discussions on Arthurian subjects, from post-Roman Britain to the most recent novels and films. There is a lengthy glossary of Arthurian characters, motifs, and places, a chronology of major historical and literary items, a guide to pronunciation, and a full bibliography.
What's new in the Second Edition:All the material has been revised and updated to 1996 since the original 1988 edition; The chapter on modern literature has been thoroughly revised, with new material on writings from France, Germany, England, and America; The coverage of King Arthur in the arts has entirely rewritten by one of the premier authorities in Arthurian studies. Brand-new geneological charts of the ancestry of Arthur and his family and the Grail kings and knights.; A fully up-to-date chronology; Many new illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Surveys Arthurian history and legend and its place in archaeology, literature, and the arts from the 5th century to the present, with chapters on origins, early and modern Arthurian literature, and Arthur in the arts. Includes a detailed historical and literary chronology, genealogy charts (new to this edition), notes on heraldry, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary of Arthurian characters, motifs, and places, plus high quality b&w photos and illustrations. This second edition contains revised material on modern literature. For general readers and specialists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815320821
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/16/1997
Series:
Literature Reference Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

Norris J. Lacy is the Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of French at Penn State University and Honorary President of the International Arthurian Society. Geoffrey Ashe is an author and independent scholar in Glastonbury, England.

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