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The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend


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Ad Putter, Elizabeth Archibald, Ronald Hutton, Jane H. M. Taylor, John Burrow, Barry Windeatt, Rob Gossedge, Stephen Knight, Norris Lacy, Jane Gilbert, Andrew Lynch, Peggy McCracken, Corinne Saunders, Robert Allen Rouse, Cory James Rushton
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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677882

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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, particularly in the medieval period: the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. In the nineteenth century, interest in the Arthurian legend revived with Tennyson, Wagner and Twain. 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. With a map of Arthur's Britain, a chronology of key texts and a guide to further reading, this volume itself will contribute to the continuing fascination with the King and his many legends.

    • Covers the evolution of the legend over time and analyses the major themes that have emerged
    • Addresses both English and continental European medieval literature
    • Accessible for students, but also offering starting-points for future comparative research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677882
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ad Putter and Elizabeth Archibald
    Part I. Evolution:
    1. The early Arthur: history and myth Ronald Hutton
    2. The twelfth-century Arthur Ad Putter
    3. The thirteenth-century Arthur Jane H. M. Taylor
    4. The fourteenth-century Arthur John Burrow
    5. The fifteenth-century Arthur Barry Windeatt
    6. The Arthur of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries Rob Gossedge and Stephen Knight
    7. The Arthur of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Norris Lacy
    Part II. Themes:
    8. Questioning Arthurian ideals Elizabeth Archibald
    9. Arthurian ethics Jane Gilbert
    10. Imperial Arthur: home and away Andrew Lynch
    11. Love and adultery: Arthur's affairs Peggy McCracken
    12. Religion and magic Corinne Saunders
    13. Arthurian geography Robert Allen Rouse and Cory James Rushton
    Further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Age of Chivalry
    • Arthurian Legends
    • Arthurian Literature
    • Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages
    • Arthurian Literautre
    • Arthurian Traditions in English Literature
    • British Seminar: Arthur Once and Future Legend
    • Early British Literature
    • English Survey I
    • Freshman Honors Seminar
    • Honors Seminar: Legends of King Arthur
    • Inquiry into the Mythic
    • Late Medieval Literature
    • Literature before 1500: The Arthurian Legend
    • Medieval English
    • Medieval Love Poetry
    • The Arthurian Legend
    • Tolkien's Middle Ages
    • World Literature ll: Comparative Myth & Legend
  • Editors

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

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


    Ad Putter, Elizabeth Archibald, Ronald Hutton, Jane H. M. Taylor, John Burrow, Barry Windeatt, Rob Gossedge, Stephen Knight, Norris Lacy, Jane Gilbert, Andrew Lynch, Peggy McCracken, Corinne Saunders, Robert Allen Rouse, Cory James Rushton

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