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The Arthur of the Low Countries

The Arthurian Legend in Dutch and Flemish Literature

Distributed for University of Wales Press

The Arthur of the Low Countries

The Arthurian Legend in Dutch and Flemish Literature

In the medieval Low Countries (nowadays Belgium and the Netherlands), Arthurian romance flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Middle Dutch poets translated French material), but also created romances of their own. The Arthur of the Low Countries provides a ‘state of the art’ overview of the Dutch Arthurian material and the research it has provoked. The region is a crossroads between the French and Germanic spheres of influence and the movement of texts and manuscripts (West to East) reflects that position, as chapters on the historical context, the French material and the Germanic Arthuriana of the Rhinelands reveal. Three chapters, on the translations of French verse texts, the translations of French prose texts, and on the indigenous romances, form the core of the book, enriched by chapters on the manuscripts, on Arthur in the chronicles and on the post-medieval Arthurian material.
 

256 pages | 2 maps | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

Medieval Studies


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Table of Contents

Preface
Ad Putter
The Contributors
Abbreviations

Introduction
Bart Besamusca and Frank Brandsma
1 The Cultural and Historical Context of the Low Countries
Bram Caers and Mike Kestemont
2 French Arthurian Literature in the Low Countries
Keith Busby and Martine Meuwese
3 The Manuscripts
Bart Besamusca
4 King Arthur in the Historiography of the Low Countries
Thea Summerfield
5 Translations and Adaptations of French Verse Romances: Tristant, Wrake van Ragisel, Ferguut, Perchevael, Torec
Marjolein Hogenbirk and David F. Johnson
6 Indigenous Arthurian Romances: Walewein, Moriaen, Ridder metter mouwen, Walewein ende Keye, Lanceloet en het hert met de witte voet
Simon Smith and Roel Zemel
7 Translations and Adaptations of French Prose Romances, Including the Lancelot Compilation
Frank Brandsma
8 Arthurian Literature of the Rhineland
Jürgen Wolf
9 The Arthurian Legacy
Geert van Iersel

General Bibliography
General Index
Index of Manuscripts

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