The Arthurian Legend in the Literatures of the Spanish Peninsula

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PREFACE

THE work which these lines preface arose from a suggestion by Professor E. G. Gardner. Certain investigations which he had undertaken with regard to Dante's use of the Arthurian novels led easily to the project of an introductory treatment of the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan romances of the same order, the more so as they have not been discussed at length in any English or American work. The present writer, through some minor enquiries into disputed or doubtful points, had gained a stance in the subject, and it was originally intended to link his notes to the results obtained by distinguished Spanish scholars. But when the project came to be examined more closely, the requirements of synthetic treatment induced a number of fresh observations even in the explored territory of the Peninsular romances and gave a higher relief to some facts than had been allowed by specialist investigators of individual novels. The general theory here offered, and the greater number of the dates which support it, are novel, and, except where force of circumstances has exacted a disclaimer, for all statements in this work the writer must accept personal responsibility. For the same reason more space has been allotted to the notes than was at first intended, and by them the scholar will be able to check each step of the argument; absolute accuracy is perhaps hardly to be expected in matter so novel, and the author has endeavoured to moderate the

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