The Arthur of the English

The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature

Edited by W. R. J. Barron

The Arthur of the English

Edited by W. R. J. Barron

Distributed for University of Wales Press

442 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1999, 2001
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780708324493 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The English think of Arthur as their own—stamped on the landscape in scores of place names and echoed in the names of their princes. This book, which brings together the work of leading international scholars, is the first comprehensive treatment of Arthurian legend in English life and literature. Literary studies are interspersed with chapters on the political and social manifestations of the Arthurian legend, the influence of continental romance tradition, and the impact of the medieval legacy to later centuries of English literature. This edition also includes a chapter dealing with questions of production, circulation, and readership of the Arthurian tales.

The Contributors

1. The Celtic Tradition
      Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
2. Dynastic Chronicles
      W. R. J. Barron, Françoise Le Saux, Lesley Johnson
Interchapter A: Arthur in English History
      James P. Carley
3. The Romance Tradition
      Catherine Batt and Rosalind Field
4. Dynastic Romance
      Karen Hodder, David Burnley, Lesley Johnson and Carole Weinberg
5. Chivalric Romance
      Maldwyn Mills, Elizabeth Williams, Flora Alexander, Rosamund Allen, W. R. J. Barron
Interchapter B: Arthur in English Society
      Juliet Vale
6. Folk Romance
      Gillian Rogers, Diane Speed, David Griffith and John Withrington
7. Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
      P.J.C. Field
8. The Arthurian Legacy
      Chris Brooks and Inga Bryden

Postscript: Authors and Audiences
      John J. Thompson
Reference Bibliography
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