Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Malory Debate: Essays on the Tests of le Morte Darthur

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Malory Debate: Essays on the Tests of le Morte Darthur

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The Malory Debate: Essays on the Texts of Le Morte Darthur, ed. Bonnie Wheeler, Robert L. Kindrick, and Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Studies 47 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000). 420 pp. ISBN 0-85991-583-2. L45.00. At the core of this book are three essays by the great Arthurian scholar William Matthews, first published some years after his death in the 1997 spring issue of Arthuriana. The essays had been something of the stuff of legend before their appearance, and they served to inspire a fresh debate on the vexed and related questions of which of the two surviving texts of the Morte Darthur, the Winchester manuscript or Caxton's print, was the better witness to the original text, and who was responsible for the revision of the Roman War episode. …

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