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The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend (Cambridge Companions to Literature) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Archibald , Ad Putter
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'The welcome new addition to the authoritative Cambridge Companion series traces Arthurian narrative from history through pseudo-history to romance, and on into the post-medieval centuries. … Ad Putter's chapter on the twelfth century is a masterpiece of compression …' The Times Literary Supplement

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For more than a thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have been retold across Europe. They have inspired some of the most important works of European literature, particularly in the medieval period: the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. In the nineteenth century, interest in the Arthurian legend revived with Tennyson, Wagner and Twain. This Companion outlines the evolution of the legend from the earliest documentary sources to Spamalot, and analyses how some of the major motifs of the legend have been passed down in both medieval and modern texts. With a map of Arthur's Britain, a chronology of key texts and a guide to further reading, this volume itself will contribute to the continuing fascination with the King and his many legends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1231 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521677882
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (10 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009T0JVF2
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money and Buy the Lacy Book 1 Nov 2014
Bad book choice for university students or for general readers wanting additional reference to the Arthurian legend. Elizabeth Archibald writes in a pompous manner and is rather boring and the reader quickly loses interest in what she is saying. A better choice would be any other Companion book, one of the best is The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition)
O ct 3, 1997by Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe. Archibald's book was a waste of money and I just donated the book to a library sale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A King Arthur Viewed Through The Centuries 6 Feb 2014
By MissDaisyAnne - Published on
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Source: Free copy from Cambridge University Press for the purpose of review.
Was King Arthur a real person? Maybe he was based loosely on a historical figure from the past?
In The Cambridge Companion To The Arthurian Legend, the editors do not seek to find the real Arthur, because they feel he is an enigma. Many historians and researchers have thought they'd found clues as to who he was and what exact time period he lived in; nevertheless, nothing concrete has been found.
The editors of Archibald and Putter state the goal of this book:

"Our aim is to strike a balance between the descriptive and the analytic, so this companion is divided into two parts. The chronological section shows how the legend evolved from the shadowy Welsh tradition through medieval chronicle and romance and post-medieval skepticism to modern novels, cartoons and films. Here we have concentrated on the Anglophone versions for the post-medieval period. In the thematic section we have chosen themes which seem to us to the key to understanding Arthurian literature; all essays in this section deal with both medieval and post-medieval material, though the main focus is medieval." Page 3.

The Cambridge Companion To The Arthurian Legend, is an academic study of King Arthur, both in medieval history and through to the twenty-first century. Arthur legends appeared in France, Germany, Wales, Greece, and Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
The focus of this book will be on "English traditions."

1. I'm a beginner in the study of King Arthur and I learned so much in this book. For example, I did not know Arthurian legends were in other countries. I've heard of Tristan and Iseult and Lancelot (which I presumed was French.) I've not read Mark Twain's satire on King Arthur.
2. I enjoyed reading about the psychology and or dynamics of Lancelot and Guinevere's affair.
3. How religion affected King Arthur stories.
4. Was introduced to early authors of King Arthur and their contributions, for example:
Geoffrey of Monmouth and Sir Thomas Malory,
5. The re-establishment of King Arthur during Victorian era through Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
6. The quest of the Holy Grail.
7. How King Arthur transformed through the centuries.
8. "Ethics" and morality of King Arthur and his knights.

1. I loved this book, but I'm interested in this subject and felt drawn to it from the beginning. I believe a person of keen interest in the subject would be most interested.
2. A few times during the later half of book it became dry; but I persevered.
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the Lacy Book Instead and Save Your Money! 1 Nov 2014
By Joanna Bell - Published on
Not a good choice for university students as a companion to the orginal texts. A much better choice is The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition) Oct 3, 1997
by Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe. Everything written by Elizabeth Archibald is pompous and annoying and a big waste for university students.
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