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The Arthur of the Welsh

The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature

This volume is unique in offering a comprehensive discussion of the subject. It will appeal widely to medievalists, to Welsh and Celtic scholars and to those non-specialists who have felt the fascination of the figure of Arthur and wish to know more.
Little, if anything, is known historically of Arthur, yet for centuries the romances of Arthur and his court dominated the imaginative literature of Europe in many languages. The roots of this vast flowering of the Arthurian legend are to be found in early Welsh tradition and this volume gives an account of the Arthurian literature produced in Wales, in both Welsh and Latin, during the Middle Ages.
The distinguished contributors offer a comprehensive view of recent scholarship relating to Arthurian literature in early Welsh and other Brythonic sources. The volume includes chapters on the "historical" Arthur, Arthur in early Welsh verse, the legend of Merlin, the tales of Culhwch ac Olwen, Geraint, Owain, Peredur, The Dream of Rhonabwy and Trystan ac Esyllt. Other chapters investigate the evidence for the growth of the Arthurian theme in the Triads and in the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth, and discuss the Breton connection and the gradual transmission of the legend to the non-Celtic world.

422 pages | © 2008

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 “The scholarship embodied in this work is consistently high. It may assume its place as a standard in Arthurian and Welsh studies immediately.” –Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

“ . . . an ideal source book for students . . . ” –Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies

Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
The Editors with a contribution by Daniel Huws
1  The Arthur of History
     Thomas Charles-Edwards
2  The Early Welsh Arthurian Poems
     Patrick Sims-Williams
Culhwch ac Olwen, The Triads, Saints’ Lives
     Brynley F. Roberts
4  Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae and Brut y Brenhinedd
     Brynley F. Roberts
5  The Merlin Legend and the Welsh Tradition of Prophecy
     A.O.H. Jarman
Chwedl Geraint ab Erbin
     Roger Middleton
7  Owain: Chwedl Iarlles y Ffynnon
     R.L. Thomson
Historia Peredur ab Efrawg
     Ian Lovecy
Breuddwyd Rhonabwy and Later Arthurian Literature
     Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
10 The Tristan of the Welsh
     Rachel Bromwich
11 Some South-Western Sites with Arthurain Associations
     O.J. Padel
12 Brittany and the Arthurian Legend
     J.E. Caerwyn Williams
13 First Transmission to England and France
     Rachel Bromwich

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