A Companion to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle (Arthurian Studies) by Carol Dover

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The early thirteenth-century French prose Lancelot-Grail Cycle (or Vulgate Cycle) brings jointly the tales of Arthur with these of the Grail, a conjunction of fabrics that maintains to fascinate the Western mind's eye at the present time. Representing what's most likely the earliest large-scale use of prose for fiction within the West, it additionally exemplifies the style for large cyclic compositions that formed a lot of eu narrative fiction for 3 centuries.A spouse to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle is the 1st entire quantity committed solely to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle and its medieval legacy. The twenty essays during this quantity, all through across the world recognized students, find the paintings in its social, ancient, literary, and manuscript contexts. as well as addressing serious matters within the 5 texts that make up the Cycle, the individuals express to fashionable readers the allure that the textual content should have had for its medieval audiences, and the richness of composition that made it compelling. This quantity becomes ordinary analyzing for students, scholars, and extra normal readers attracted to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, medieval romance, Malory stories, and the Arthurian legends.Contributors: RICHARD BARBER, EMMANUELE BAUMGARTNER, FANNI BOGDANOW, FRANK BRANDSMA, MATILDA T. BRUCKNER, CAROL J. CHASE, ANNIE COMBES, HELEN COOPER, CAROL R. DOVER, MICHAEL HARNEY, DONALD L. HOFFMAN, DOUGLAS KELLY, ELSPETH KENNEDY, NORRIS J. LACY, ROGER MIDDLETON, HAQUIRA OSAKABE, HANS-HUGO STEINHOFF, ALISON STONES, RICHARD TRACHSLER. CAROL DOVER is affiliate professor of French and director of undergraduate reports, Georgetown collage, Washington DC.

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See Elspeth Kennedy, ‘The Narrative Techniques Used to Give Arthurian Romance a “Historical” Flavour,’ in Conjunctures: Medieval Studies in Honor of Douglas Kelly, ed. Keith Busby and Norris J. Lacy (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA, 1994), pp. 219–33. 14 A Question of Time The matière of the Lancelot-Grail is indeed partly ‘recycled’ from other texts. In particular, Chrétien de Troyes and Wace have been major influences for, respectively, the romance and historiographic aspects of the Cycle. But even if the architect of the Lancelot-Grail drew on these authors, he also modified their legacy profoundly.

6, and ‘Etudes sur le Lancelot en prose, I: Les allusions au conte Lancelot et à d’autres contes dans le Lancelot en prose,’ Romania, 105 (1984), 34–46. THE MAKING OF THE CYCLE 17 Florence, Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana, Laur. 89. inf. 61). These manuscripts, having described Lancelot’s great grief that his friend and benefactor has ‘por lui mort receue,’ conclude thus: Ensi est remés avoc lo roi. Si tast atant li contes de lui, que plus n’en parole, car bien a a chief menees totes les avantures qi li avindrent puis qe la reine Helaine, qui sa mere fu, lo perdié par l’aventure que cist livres conta el comencement.

35–54 et passim; E. Baumgartner, ‘Masques de l’écrivain et masques de l’écriture dans les proses du Graal,’ in Masques et déguisements, ed. Marie-Louise Ollier (Montreal and Paris, 1988), pp. 167–75. The first part of this important compilation is edited by Mary Coker Joslin, The Heard Word: A Moralized History. , 1986). Further sections are now available in the edition by Marijke de Visser-van Terwisga, Histoire ancienne jusqu’a César (Estoires Rogier), vols. 1–2 (Orleans, 1995–99). See the useful list of over sixty manuscripts in Jung, Légende de Troie, pp.

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