A Companion to Arthurian Literature by Helen Fulton

By Helen Fulton

This Companion deals a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the modern manifestations of Arthur present in movie and digital media. a part of the preferred sequence, Blackwell partners to Literature and tradition, this expansive quantity allows a basic knowing of Arthurian literature and explores why it truly is nonetheless indispensable to modern tradition.

  • Offers a accomplished survey from the earliest to the latest works
  • Features a magnificent diversity of famous overseas contributors
  • Examines modern additions to the Arthurian canon, together with movie and computing device games
  • Underscores an knowing of Arthurian literature as primary to western literary tradition

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We have here, therefore, a writer who interpreted Arthur’s presence in history according to the context in which he was himself writing. He had come across Arthur as a Joshualike martial figure beloved of God in the Historia Brittonum, but rethought that Early Latin Sources 37 characterization radically in favor of a far more saintly figure, an Arthur as Christhelper, wrapped around with a much less martial and more Christian imagery. This impression is confirmed by the second entry. Once again, although a battle is named, Arthur is not explicitly a martial figure.

One suggestion (Wiseman 2000) is that he was aware of Bede’s Chronica Majora (“Greater Chronicle,” written c. 725), which locates the British victory at Badon in the period 474–91, then added the 44 years which are associated with the battle by both Gildas (DEB, XXVI, 1) and Bede (HE, I, 16), giving a time frame for Arthur of 518–35, which equates quite closely with the Arthurian entries here in 516 and 537. There are difficulties with this reasoning, however, given that neither Gildas nor Bede mentions Arthur, and Bede, in his Historia Ecclesiastica at least, placed the battle 44 years after the Anglo-Saxon arrival in Britain.

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