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Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, Summer

Adapting the Arthurian Legends for Children: Essays on Arthurian Juvenilia
BARBARA TEPA LUPACK, ed., Adapting the Arthurian Legends for Children: Essays on Arthurian Juvenilia. Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. xxi, 320. ISBN: 0-4039-6296-0. $55.The centrality of the Arthurian...
Beasts of Love: Richard De Fournival's Bestiaire D'amour and a Woman's Response
JEANETTE BEER, Beasts ofLove: Richardde Fournival's Bestiaire d'amour undo. Woman's Response. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. Pp x, 214. ISBN: 0-80203612-0. $50.Characteristic of the courtly culture of the thirteenth and fourteenth century...
Empire of Magic:Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy
GERALDINE HENG, Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. Pp. xii, 521. ISBN: 0-231-12527-5. $42.50.Empire of Magic is a book of excesses. It is about excess-in particular the excesses...
Hi Sette Sijn Vechten an Hare Minne: Love and Adventure in Die Wrake Van Ragisel
Die Wrake van Ragisel, as it appears in the Middle Dutch Lancelot compilation, is an adaptation of an older translation into Middle Dutch of the Old French La Vengeance Raguidel. This article reads Die Wrake van Ragiselzs a parody of the traditional...
Intertextuality and Gauvain
Medieval Flanders was a polyglot and rich cultural region in which many different literary genres and matières circulated. This article explores the way authors alluded to other texts and traditions current in Flanders, as well as the effects these allusions...
Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint
STEVEN W. RICHEY, Joan of Arc: The Warrior Saint. Westport, Conn. & London: Praeger, 2003. Pp. x, 175. ISBN: 0-275-98103-7. $34.95.Although one might wonder why yet another book on Joan of Arc should appear, Steven Richey's offering does indeed fill...
King Arthur and the Myth of History
LAURIE A. PINKE and MARTIN B. SHICHTMAN, King Arthur and the Myth of History. Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 2004. Pp. 262. ISBN: 0-8130-2733-0. $59.95.King Arthur and the Myth of History is a well-researched and theoretically sophisticated...
Middle Dutch Arthurian Romances: What Are They and Why Should We Read Them?
The corpus of Arthurian romances written in Middle Dutch is an incredibly rich manifestation of one of the most enduring textual traditions in European literary history. This corpus has, unfortunately, been largely overlooked by virtually all but those...
Monty Python's Spamalot
ERIC IDLE and JOHN DU PREZ, Monty Python's Spamalot. Boyett Ostar Productions and the Shubert Organization. The Shubert Theatre, Chicago. December 21, 2004-January 23, 2005.(Note: the production here reviewed was a pre-Broadway preview; Spamalot will...
Monty Python's Spamalot
ERIC IDLE and JOHN DU PREZ, Monty Pythons Spamalot. Boyett Ostar Productions and the Shubert Organization. The Shubert Theatre, New York. Broadway preview, February 18, 2005; opened March 17, 2005.The Broadway production of Spamalot gleefully inhales...
Reconfiguring Wace's Round Table: Walewein and the Rise of the National Vernaculars
This article explores the possible origins of the Middle Dutch character Walwein in Wace's Roman de Brut. After first considering the character's name and his association with chess in Wace, it moves to a study of competing fourteenth-century French...
The Arthurian Annals, the Tradition in English from 1250-2000
DANIEL P. NASTALI and PHILIP C. BOARDMAN, eds., The Arthurian Annals, The Tradition in English from 1250-2000. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 2 vols. Pp. 1,120. ISBN: 0-19-860725-3. $450.Arthurian scholars and enthusiasts will forever...
The Ethics of Nature in the Middle Ages: On Boccaccio's Poetaphysics
GREGORY B. STONE, The Ethics of Nature in the Middle Ages: On Boccaccio's Poetaphysics. The New Middle Ages. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. Pp. 250. ISBN: 0-312-21353-0. $65.This is a belated review of a book that should be of great interest to...
The Legend of the Grail
NIGEL BRYANT, compiler and translator, The Legend of the Grail. Arthurian Studies LVIII. D. S. Brewer, 2004. Pp. 258. ISBN: 1843840065. $39.95.On a recent trip to Shanghai, I was privileged to be able to go behind the scenes, so to speak, and visit the...
The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy
MARTHA W. DRIVER and SID RAY, eds., The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy. North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2004. Pp. 268. ISBN: 0-7864-1926-1. $35.In the Medieval Hero on Screen, Martha Driver and Sid Ray have assembled...
The Round Table
NEWSfrom the North American BranchNAB Officers 2003-2006 (for full addresses see Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society [BBIAS])President: Susann Samples (Mount St. Mary's College)Immediate Past President: Alan Lupack (U of Rochester)Vice-President:...
The Uses of Middle Dutch Arthuriana
Middle Dutch Arthuriana provide a rich perspective on other Arthurian literatures while offering texts that hold great intrinsic interest. This article discusses the Dutch Lancelot Compilation and the romance of Walewein in order to illustrate both their...
Writing the Future: Lazamon's Prophetic History
KELLEY M. WICKHAM-CROWLEY, Writing the Future: Lazamon's Prophetic History. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002. Pp. viii, 182. ISBN: 0-7083-1714-6. £45.This volume is the first monograph on Lagamon's Brut to be undertaken with the full benefit...