The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Arthurian Literature
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554815975 / 1554815975
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Arthurian Literature

  • Publication Date: September 15, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554815975 / 1554815975
  • 500 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Arthurian Literature offers an up-to-date and student-friendly approach to teaching the literature of the Arthurian tradition. With a team of contributing editors creating new translations of classic texts, and a distinctive balance of familiar and lesser-known Arthur legends, the anthology is an authoritative and highly teachable resource. A companion website allows for greater flexibility without expanding the print book, and helpful introductions and notes support student readers throughout the anthology.

Readings listed in green are included on the anthology’s companion website.

1. Front matter

  • a. Acknowledgements & Thanks
  • b. List of figures
  • c. Abbreviations
  • d. Timeline

2. General Introduction

3. Texts

  • a. Welsh poetry
    • i. Early Welsh texts
    • ii. Priddeu Annwn
  • b. Early Latin texts
  • c. Culhwch and Olwen
  • d. Geoffrey of Monmouth
    • i. Deeds of the British
      • Book 8
        • Stonehenge and the Crowning of Uther Pendragon
        • Uther and Igerna
        • The Death of Uther
      • Book 9
        • The Crowning of Arthur
        • Arthur fights the Saxons
        • Arthur marries Guinevere
        • Peacetime passtimes
        • Emperor Lucius
      • Book 10
        • Arthur’s Dream
        • Giant of Mont St. Michel
        • Various battles with Rome
        • Mordred’s Betrayal
      • Book 11
        • Arthur and Mordred
    • ii. Vita Merlini
  • e. Wace – Brut
    • i. 8565-8822: Uther and Ygerne; conception, disguise, Merlin.
    • ii. 9587-9798: Arthur’s court and the Round Table
    • iii. 9905-10104: the Conquest of France and the defeat of Frollo.
    • iv. 10437-10954: Arthur’s coronation to the arrival of the Roman ambassadors
    • v. 11173-11188: Modret’s adulterous desire for the Queen.
    • vi. 11239-11606: Arthur’s dream and the Giant of Mont St Michel
    • vii. 13010-13298: Mordred, Guinevere, and the Death of Arthur
  • f. Chrétien de Troyes – The Knight of the Cart
  • g. Marie de France
    • i. Lanval
    • ii. Chevrefoil
  • h. Lai of Melion
  • i. Béroul – Tristan
    • i. The Ambiguous Oath
    • ii. King Arthur’s Court
    • iii. The Malpas
  • j. Layamon – Brut
  • k. Gunnlaugr Leifsson – Merlínússpá
  • l. Wolfram von Eschenbach – Parzival
  • m. Lancelot-Grail cycle
    • Lancelot
      • i. Lancelot’s arrival at court
      • ii. beginning of the love affair with Guinevere,
      • iii. Sir Galahalt the Haut Prince
      • iv. Galahalt’s suicide from grief.
    • Holy Grail
      • i. Galahad’s arrival at court
      • ii. beginning of the quest
      • iii. Bors’ quest
      • iv. end of the quest in Sarras.
  • n. Heldris of Cornwall – Roman de Silence
    • i. Nature vs. Nurture
    • ii. Merlin sections
  • o. Morien
  • p. Melech Artus
  • q. Alliterative Morte Arthure
  • r. Geoffrey Chaucer – “Wife of Bath’s Tale”
  • s. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (parallel text)
    • i. Modern English
    • ii. Middle English
  • t. Stanzaic Morte Arthur
  • u. Thomas Chestre – Sir Launfal
  • v. Hans Rosenplüt – The Crown
  • w. Prose Merlin
    • i. Conception of Merlin
    • ii. Uther & Ygerne
    • iii. Merlin & Nimiane
  • x. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle
  • y. The Old Knight
  • z. Thomas Malory – Le Morte Darthur
    • 1. Tale I
      • i. Uther & Igraine
      • ii. Sword in the Stone
      • iii. The Wedding & Round Table
      • iv. Pentecostal Oath
      • v. Merlin & Nenyve
      • vi. Arthur & Accolon
      • vii. Pelleas & Ettarde
    • 2. Tale V
      • i. Palomides
    • 3. Tale VI
      • i. Galahad’s arrival
    • 4. Tale VII
      • i. Elaine of Ascolat
      • ii. Knight of the Cart
      • iii. The Tale of Sir Urry
    • 5. Tale VIII
      • i. Rumours
      • ii. War with Lancelot
      • iii. Mordred
      • iv. Death of Arthur
      • vi. Death of Guinevere & Lancelot

Kathy Cawsey is Associate Professor of English at Dalhousie University. Elizabeth Edwards is Professor of English at the University of King’s College, Halifax.

A companion website will provide additional readings to supplement those in the print book.