Arthuriana

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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, 2016

'An Arður Sculde Zete Cum': The Prophetic Hope in Twelfth-Century Britain
Bruttes ileueð æ ete þat he bon on liueand wunnien in Aualun mid fairest alre aluen;and lokieð euere Bruttes æ ete whan Arður cumen liðe.Nis nauer þe mon iboren of nauer nane burde icorenþe cunne of þan soðe of Arðure sugen mare.Bute while wes an witeæ...
A Note on the Grail
Christophe Déceneux, a Breton historian, has raised a surprising new possibility about the origin of the Grail theme. His article, in English translation by Wendy Mewes, is entitled 'Dol-Combourg and the Legend of the Grail.'1Examining various Breton...
Arthur and Possibility: The Philosophy of Lazamon's Arthuriad
In this essay I want to think about, as well as practice, one of the most basic things we do when we read Laæ amon's Brut: read Laæ amon reading Wace. While we can demonstrate that Laæ amon used other sources besides Wace's Roman de Brut,1 the French...
Arthur and the Giant of Mont St. Michel in laæ Amon's Brut: Exposing the Fragility of Kingship
Among the numerous episodes told and retold throughout Laæ amon's Arthuriad, the fight against the Giant at Mont St. Michel, happening at the very beginning of Arthur's imperial plan, functions as an important moment in which the king demonstrates his...
Arthurian Literature XXXI
ELIZABETH ARCHIBALD and DAVID F. JOHNSON, eds., Arthurian Literature XXXI. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014. Pp. 201. isbn: 978-1-84384-386. $90.Editors Archibald and Johnson have given no organizing title to Arthurian Literature XXXI, a selection of eight...
Arthur's Dinner; or, Robert Thornton Goes Shopping
In the unique alliterative Middle English Morte Arthure, found at the start of Lincoln Cathedral MS 91, the fifteenth-century so-called 'Lincoln Thornton,' Arthur hosts a spectacular feast for the hostile Roman delegation, and uses the occasion as an...
Astronomy Translated: Caput Draconis and the Pendragon Star in Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Lazamon
When Geoffrey of Monmouth announced Uther's name as Pendragon and explained it as an ancient Celtic British word for caput draconis (head of the dragon), Geoffrey was in fact introducing into his Arthurian history an Arabic astronomical term that had...
Diplomatic Antiquarianism and the Manuscripts of Lazamon's Brut
The first vernacular version of King Arthur's story, Laæ amon's Brut, survives in two manuscripts: London, BL, Cotton Caligula A.IX and London, BL, Cotton Otho C.XIII.1 There has never been much critical resistance to the widespread presumption that...
Erec
HARTMANN VON AUE, Erec. Ed. and trans., Cyril Edwards. German Romance V.Arthurian Archives XIX. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2014. Pp. xviii, 540. isbn: 978-1-84384-378-8. $120.Cyril Edwards' translation of Erec addresses a significant lacuna in Hartmann...
Il Tristano Corsiniano
GLORIA ALLAIRE, ed. and trans., Il Tristano Corsiniano. Italian Literature III. Arthurian Archives XX. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2015. Pp. xxvi, 199. isbn: 978-1-84384-398-6. $155.For the last decade, Gloria Allaire has continued her study of the medieval...
Introduction
In the sixteen years since the last issue of Arthuriana devoted to Laæ amon's Brut (2000), scholarly interest in the text and its cultural contexts has grown significantly, with numerous articles and books on Laæ amon, along with four conferences of...
Lanzelet
ULRICH VON ZATZIKHOVEN, Lanzelet. Ed. and trans., Kathleen J. Meyer. German Romance IV. Arthurian Archives XVII. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011. Pp. xx, 507. isbn: 978-1-84384-266-8. $99.Meyer's Lanzelet joins several new editions and translations that...
Medieval Romance and Material Culture
NICHOLAS PERKINS, ed., Medieval Romance and Material Culture. Studies in Medieval Romance, Vol. 18. Cambridge, UK: D.S. Brewer, 2015. Pp. xiv, 285. isbn: 978-1- 84384-390-0. $99.As the title signals, these fifteen essays highlight the reciprocal relationship...
Myth, Marriage, and Dynastic Crisis in Lazamon's Brut
In two important studies, published in 2000 and 2004, Christopher Cannon has proposed that the underlying structure of Laæ amon's Brut is less that of a narrative than that of a description.1 Cannon concedes, to be sure, that it is a description that...
Prophecy and the Body of the King in laæ Amon's Account of Arthur's Dream (Brut 13984-14004)
Perhaps Laæ amon's most significant addition to the Arthur story inherited from Wace is his addition of a dream vision preceding his account of the king's imminent downfall (13984-14005).1 Structurally, the dream vision narrative can be divided into...
The Round Table
Website of the IAS-NAB: http://www.international-arthurian-society-nab.org/NAB Officers 2014-2017President: Kevin Whetter (Acadia University)Immediate Past President: Joan Tasker Grimbert (Catholic University of America)Vice President: David F. Johnson...
Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape
E.L. RISDEN, Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2015. Pp. vii, 232. isbn: 978-0-78649-865-9. $35.The title of this book is a bit deceiving. If one were to ask Professor Tolkien to define his 'intellectual landscape,'...
'Ure Bruttisce Speche': Language, Culture, and Conquest in Lazamon's Brut
The relationship between the Britons and the English has been one of the central questions in the critical literature surrounding Laæ amon's Brut. In his prologue, Laæ amon states that he will 'of Engle þa æ ðelæ n tellen/wat heo ihoten weoren &...
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