Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Fortunes of King Arthur

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Fortunes of King Arthur

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The Fortunes of King Arthur, ed. Norris J. Lacy, Arthurian Studies 64 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer; Rochester, NY: Boydell & Brewer, 2005). xvi + 231 pp. ISBN 1-84384-061-8. £4 5.00. This collection of essays, the introduction tells us, is 'intentionally ambiguous' in its title: the volume seeks to explore both the figure of Fortune as it relates to the Arthurian legend, and also the 'vicissitudes of the legend itself over time (p. xiii). The volume is organized chronologically, starting with Christopher Snyder on the historical Arthur and Sian Echard's excellent essay on fortune in Geoffrey of Monmouth, and ending with Alan Lupack on modern Arthuriana. To some extent, the tide's ambiguity is reflected in the collection itself: some essays, like Echard's and Jane H. M. Taylor's interesting short piece on neglected romances of the fifteendi century, are original and new contributions, while others are based substantially on previous books. …

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