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Arthur in the Celtic Languages

The Arthurian Legend in Celtic Literatures and Traditions

This volume provides an authoritative new survey of the Arthurian literature and traditions preserved in the Celtic languages: Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic. Covering material from oral tradition as well as medieval and modern literature and Arthurian place-names, it traces the evolution of the tales of Arthur and his entourage in each language, illustrating how they were tailored to audiences in each country at different times.

432 pages | 2 color plates, 1 halftone | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2019

History: General History

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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“This long-awaited successor to The Arthur of the Welsh is the first-ever survey of Arthurian material across all the Celtic languages from the Middle Ages to modern times. A significant contribution to the field of Arthurian studies in general, it will prove an indispensable resource for those working with material in the Celtic languages.”


Sioned Davies, Chair of Welsh, Cardiff University

“This invaluable collection, the work of an impressive array of experts, communicates the findings of the quarter century and more since the publication of The Arthur of the Welsh. Going into far greater detail than its predecessor in its treatment of the Breton and Cornish evidence, it breaks new ground with its chapters on the Arthur of the Gaels. It will be a rich resource for Celticists and Arthurian specialists alike.”


John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork

“This volume is a milestone in Arthurian research. . . . respecting recent intercultural tendencies in Celtic studies. In lucid diction, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, and Irish Celtic Arthurian traditions are explained in detail and compared, opening enormous fields of cultural and historical background knowledge.”


Cora Dietl, Honorary President of the International Arthurian Society

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