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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 2, Summer

'Alas! Who May Truste Thys World?': Absence of Trust in Malory's Tale of 'Balin le Sauvage'
Exploring trust in Malory's tale of 'Balin le Sauvage' reveals a thematically uncertain world that results in uneasy readers and textual instability, suggesting the author's mistrust of his own world. (JJ)Lancelot's lament, 'Alas! Who may truste thys...
Arturo El Rey
JOAN UPTON HALL, Arturo el Rey. Austin, Texas: Turn Key Press, 2003. Pp. 315. ISBN: 0-9740030-2-6. $17.95.In Hall's novel, Arturo el Rey, Malory, T.H. White, and Lerner and Loewe meet Mad Max and the American western. Bio-terrorists have let loose a...
A Tale of 'Simple' Malory and the Critics
Malory criticism from Saintsbury to Vinaver and C.S. Lewis sought increasingly complex and thoughtful ways to reconcile a liking for the Morte with its perceived lack of an intelligent or respectable author. (AL)As recently as 1998, a learned reviewer...
Back from the Queste: Malory's Launcelot Enrages Gwenyvere
This essay takes a close look at Launcelot's disastrous speech in defense of his avoidance of Gwenyvere for fear of scandal. (AG)Tom Hanks has been one of those leading scholars who expands by means of his work what I take to be the dominant recognition...
'Delyver Me My Dwarff!': Gareth's Dwarf and Chivalric Identity
In Malory's Tale of Sir Gareth, the servant dwarf functions as a catalyst for the development of Gareth's chivalric identity. (ERH)'And so as [sir Torre] rode he mette with a dwarff suddeynly, that smote hys horse on the hede with a staff (109.7-9)....
Divine Love or Loving Divinely?: The Ending of Malory's Morte Darthur
This essay examines the merits of two potential readings of Malory's ending to the Marte Darthur. is Launcelot being envisioned as a martyr for the 'religion of love' or as a saint martyred by love? (MS)Sarah Hill argues in 'Recovering Malory's Guinevere'...
Elaine of Ascolat's Death and the Ars Moriendi
Le Morte Darthur's contemporary audience would have recognized Elaine's death speech as Malory's possible censure of her love for Launcelot when read in relation to the Ars Moriendi. (RLR)At the beginning of the 'Fair Maid of Ascolat' section in Malory's...
Elizabeth Jane Weston: Collected Writings
DONALD CHENEY and BRENDA M. HOSINGTON, ed., with the assistance of D.K. MONEY, Elizabeth Jane Weston: Collected Writings. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. Pp. xxxi, 448. 10 illus., ISBN: 0-8020-4472-7. $80.Weston (1518-1612), an English expatriate...
Fifty Key Medieval Thinkers
GILLIAN ROSEMARY EVANS, Fifty Key Medieval Thinkers, Routledge Key Guides, London and New York: Routledge, 2.002. Pp. xxxiv, 183. ISBN: 0-415-23663-0. $18.95.In the first sentence of her Preface, Ms. Evans puts forward a number of philosophical and theological...
Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia
SUSAN ARONSTEIN, Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia. Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Pp. viii, 264. ISBN: 1-4039-6649-4. $65.The Middle Ages undergoes continual rebirth as...
'I Love Nat to Be Constrayned to Love': Emotional Charity and Malory's World
The concept of emotional charity offers a useful way of thinking about Malory's Morte, and vice versa. (FNA)I first encountered Tom Hanks soon after my first encounter with Malory. This was no coincidence. Enraptured by Malory's Morte and burning to...
Introduction: Tom Hanks, the Voice of Malory
In the fall of 1989 at Baylor University, D. Thomas Hanks, Jr. offered a graduate seminar on Malory's Le Morte Darthur in which I, then a masters student, was introduced to the joys of Malory, of scholarship, and of collegial discourse. In addition to...
Joan of Arc in French Art and Culture (1700-1855), from Satire to Sanctity
NORA M. HEIMANN, Joan of Arc in French Art and Culture (1700-1855), From Satire to Sanctity. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2005. Pp. xvi, 215. ISBN: 0-7546-5085-5. $99-50.Thanks to the detailed court records from her trial and subsequent rehabilitation,...
Lancelot's Wives
In a German romance of Anglo-Norman origin, a fifteenth-century chronicle and a sixteenth-century potboiler, Lancelot takes the role not of adulterous lover but of suitor and husband. (HC)'Lancelot's wives' sounds like a contradiction in terms. That...
Malory and Cardiff
When Malory's life and his book are considered together, it appears that he probably visited Cardiff and thought of it as an unexpectedly Arthurian locality. (PJCF)Modern Cardiff is a bustling industrial, commercial, and administrative center, with very...
Malory's Launcelot and the Language of Sin and Confession
Malory takes Launcelot through two stages of the sacrament of penance, contrition, and confession in the Sankgreal, but delays the third stage of confession until the penitent's satisfaction proves equal to his sin and earns him salvation. (KC)Malory's...
Malory's Use of 'Counsel' and 'Advyce' in Creating a King
Malory concentrates his use of the words 'counsel' and 'advyce' around the figure of Arthur in the 'Merlin' section of The Tale of King Arthur, thus associating Arthur's development into a good king with these concepts. (MR)Malory's Le Morte Darthur...
NEWS from the North American Branch
NAB Officers 2005-2008 (for full addresses see Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society [BBIAS])President: William W. Kibler (U Texas - Austin)Immediate Past President: Susann Samples (Mt. St. Mary's College)Vice-President: Kevin...
Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures
ANANYA JAHANARA KABIR and DEANNE WILLIAMS, eds. Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp.xii, 298. ISBN: 978-0-521-8273-7. $80.The eleven essays collected in this volume...
Reading Aloud with Tom Hanks: A Reader's Perspective
This article traces D. Thomas Hanks, Jr.'s skill as a reader of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Middle English texts, with special attention to his research into reading Malory aloud and his patience in teaching others to read Le Morte Darthur in the...
Rest in Peace: Launcelot's Spiritual Journey in le Morte Darthur
When read in relation to Launcelot's encounter with the Grail, Launcelot's death can be interpreted as a triumphant assurance of heavenly peace, despite the tone of loss that marks the scene. (KD)Scholars have raised many questions concerning the so-called...
Sir Thomas Malory's Narrative of Faith
Malory's narrative is an expression of a deeply held personal faith and as such bears significant resemblance to biblical narrative. (KTG)Sir Thomas Malory's work presents us with an intriguing blend of Christian and chivalric values. I call the blend...
St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury or the Apostolic Church of Britain
LIONEL SMITHETT LEWIS, St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury or The Apostolic Church of Britain. Cambridge, UK: The Lutterworth Press, 2004. Pp. in. ISBN: 0-7188-9165-1. $25.The book is a reprint of a work originally published in 1922, written by an...
The Clash of Genres at the Siege of Benwick
In 'The Siege of Benwick,' Malory's generic shift from romance to epic validates Gawain's determination to fight to the death rather than Launcelot's consistent deferral of their conflict. (TJF)The last section of Le Morte Darthur enters different generic...
The Grail Procession. the Legend, the Artifacts, and the Possible Sources of the Story
JUSTIN E. GRIFFIN, The Grail Procession. The Legend, the Artifacts, and the Possible Sources of the Story. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2004. Pp. x, 188. ISBN: 0-7864-1939-3. $35.This book deals with a sample...
The (Non-)Christian Knight in Malory: A Contradiction in Terms?
An analysis of the figures of Sir Palomides and Sir Galahad in Malory's Morte Darthur reveals that both the non-Christian and the ultra-Christian knight pose similar threats to the Arthurian social order. (DA)While in pursuit of the Holy Grail, Malory's...
The Worst Arthurian Cartoon Ever
Filmation's 1972 Daffy Duck & Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goalies represents the nadir of Arthurian animation. (MNS)Arthurian characters have appeared prominently in well over 100 animated productions since Bosko and the Round Table knights joked...
Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia
KATHARINA M. WILSON and NADIA MARGOLis, eds., Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia, 2 volumes. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. Pp. xxxix, 997. ISBN: 0-313-33017-4, 0-313-33018-1. $199.95.This new encyclopedia presents the reader with two hefty...
Women Medievalists and the Academy
JANE CHANCE, ed., Women Medievalists and the Academy. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. Pp. xlvi, 1073, illus. ISBN: 0-299-20750-1. $85.As the number of pages would attest, this is a very comprehensive history of women medievalists who...
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