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The Arthur of the Germans

The Arthurian Legend in Medieval German and Dutch Literature

From the twelfth century on, the legends of King Arthur and his knights spread across Europe, resulting in a wide range of adaptations and often completely new stories. Central to this expansion were the Germans and the Dutch, both of whom contributed works of outstanding quality. This edited collection surveys German and Dutch Arthurian literature, all the while documenting how the legends were modified as they came into contact with northern and central European traditions. The Arthur of the Germans will appeal to students and scholars of medieval literature and anyone interested in Arthurian, Tristan, and Grail legends.

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Table of Contents

The Contributors
      W. H. Jackson and Silvia Ranawake

Part One: Reception and Appropriation: The German Verse Romances, Twelfth Century to 1300
1. The Western Background
      Ingrid Kasten
2. The Emergence of German Arthurian Romance: Hartmannn von Aue and Ulrich von Zatzikhoven
      Silvia Ranawake
3. The Emergence of the German Grail Romance: Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival
      Timothy McFarland
4. Fragment and Expansion: Wolfram von Eschenbach, Titurel and Albrecht, Jüngerer Titurel
      Marion Gibbs
5. Three Post-Classical Authors: Heinrich von dem Türlin, Der Stricker, Der Pleier
      Rosemary E. Wallbank
6. Intertextuality in the Later Thirteenth Century: Wigamur, Gauriel, Lohengrin and the Fragments of Arthurian Romances
      Matthias Meyer
Part Two: Continuity and Change in the Later Middle Ages
7. Tristan Narratives from the High to the Late Middle Ages
      Mark Chinca 
Appendix to Chapter 7: Arthur in the Tristan Tradition
      Volker Mertens
8. The Wigalois Narratives
      Volker Honemann
9. The Reception of Prose: The Prosa-Lancelot
      Elizabeth A. Andersen
10. Late Medieval Summations: Rappoltsteiner Parzifal and Ulrich Füetrer’s Buch der Abenteuer
      Bernd Bastert
11. Lorengel and the Spruch von den Tafelrundern
      W. H. Jackson
Part Three: The Medieval Dutch Arthurian Material
12. The Medieval Dutch Arthurian Material
      Bart Besamusca
Part Four: Other Literary, Pictorial and Social Manifestations of Arthurian Culture
13. Arthurian Romance and German Heroic Poetry
      John L. Flood
14. Arthurian Elements in Drama and Meisterlieder
      John E. Tailby
15. King Arthur and his Round Table in the Culture of Medieval Bohemia and in Medieval Czech Literature
      Alfred Thomas
16. The Medieval German Pictorial Experience
      James Rushing
17. The Arthurian Material and German Society in the Middle Ages
      W. H. Jackson
Part Five: The Legacy
18. Early Printed Editions of Arthurian Romances
      John L. Flood
19. The Modern Reception of the Arthurian Legend
      Ulrich Müller and Werner Wunderlich

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