The Arthur of the Welsh: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature (Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages)
Little, if anything, is known historically of Arthur, yet forcenturies the romances of Arthur and his court dominated theimaginative literature of Europe in many languages. The roots ofthis vast flowering of the Arthurian legend are to be found inearly Welsh tradition, and this volume gives an account of theArthurian literature produced in Wales, in both Welsh and Latin,during the Middle Ages. The distinguished contributors offer acomprehensive view of recent scholarship relating to Arthurianliterature in early Welsh and other Brythonic sources. The volumeincludes chapters on the 'historical' Arthur, Arthur in early Welshverse, the legend of Merlin, the tales of Culhwch ac Olwen,Geraint, Owain, Peredur, The Dream of Rhonabwy and Trystan acEsyllt. Other chapters investigate the evidence for the growth ofthe Arthurian theme in the Triads and in the Historia RegumBritanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth, and discuss the Bretonconnection and the gradual transmission of the legend to thenon-Celtic world. The volume, which is unique in offering acomprehensive discussion of the subject, will appeal widely tomedievalists, to Welsh and Celtic scholars, and to thosenon-specialists who have felt the fascination of the figure ofArthur and wish to know more.