This collection of original essays by an international group of distinguished medievalists provides a comprehensive introduction to the great work of Sir Thomas Malory, which will be indispensable for both students and scholars. It is divided into three main sections, on Malory in context, the art of the Morte Darthur, and its reception in later years. As well as essays on the eight tales which make up the Morte Darthur, there are studies of the relationship between the Winchestermanuscript and Caxton's and later editions; the political and social context in which Malory wrote; his style and sources; and his treatment of two key concepts in Arthurian literature, chivalry and the representation of women. The volume also includes a brief biography of Malory with a list of the historical records relating to him and his family. It ends with a discussion of the reception of the Morte Darthur from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, and a select bibliography.ELIZABETH ARCHIBALD and A.S.G. EDWARDSteach in the Department of English, University of Victoria.
Part 1 Malory in context: "The Hoole Book" - editing and the creation of meaning in Malory's text, Carol M. Meale; chivalry and the "Morte Darthur", Richard Barber; the place of women in the "Morte Darthur", Elizabeth Edwards; contextualizing "Le Morte Darthur" - empire and civil war, Felicity Riddy; Malory and his sources, Terence McCarthy; language and style in Malory, Jeremy Smith; the Malory life-records, P.J.C. Field. Part 2 The art of the "Morte Darthur": beginnings - "The Tale of King Arthur" and "King Arthur and the Emperor Lucius", Elizabeth Archibald; "The Tale of Sir Gareth" and "The Tale of Sir Lancelot", Barbara Nolan; "The Book of Sir Tristram de Lyones", Helen Cooper; Malory and the Grail legend, Jill Mann; the ending of the "Morte Darthur", C. David Benson. Part 3 Posterity: the reception of Malory's "Morte Darthur", A.S.G. Edwards.
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