Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition

Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition

By (author) Sian Echard , Series edited by Alastair J. Minnis , Series edited by Patrick Boyde , Series edited by John Burrow , Series edited by Rita Copeland , Series edited by A.D. Deyermond , Series edited by Alan Deyermond , Series edited by Peter Dronke , Series edited by Nigel Palmer , Series edited by Winthrop Wetherbee


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Arthurian literature is a popular field, but most of the published work focuses on the vernacular tradition. This book, uniquely, looks at Latin Arthurian works. Geoffrey of Monmouth is treated at length and this is the first book to put him in a context which includes other Latin histories, monastic chronicles, saints' lives and other Latin prose Arthurian narratives. Like Geoffrey's works, most can be associated with the Angevin court of Henry II and by placing these works against the court background, this book both introduces a new set of texts into the Arthurian canon and suggests a way to understand their place in that tradition. The unfamiliar works are summarized for the reader, and there are extensive quotations, with translations, throughout. The result is a thorough exploration of Latin Arthurian narrative in the foundational period for the Arthurian tradition.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • 20 Oct 2005
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521021529
  • 9780521021524
  • 1,675,608

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'Professor Echard gives exemplary treatment to a fascinating subject ... Her argument is succinct and intelligent, her scholarship up to date, and her footnotes a mine of information.' Review of English Studies

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