The Arthur of the Low Countries: The Arthurian Legend in Dutch and Flemish Literature (Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages)

June 13, 2021
The Arthur of the Low Countries: The Arthurian Legend in Dutch and Flemish Literature (Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages)

In the medieval Low Countries (modern-day Belgium and theNetherlands), Arthurian romance flourished in the thirteenth andfourteenth centuries. The Middle Dutch poets translated Frenchmaterial (like Chrétien’s Conte du Graal and theProse Lancelot), but also created romances of their own,like Walewein. This book provides a current overview ofthe Dutch Arthurian material and the research that it has provoked.Geographically, the region is a crossroads between the French andGermanic spheres of influence, and the movement of texts andmanuscripts (west to east) reflects its position, as revealed bychapters on the historical context, the French material and theGermanic Arthuriana of the Rhinelands. Three chapters on thetranslations of French verse texts, the translations of Frenchprose texts, and on the indigenous romances form the core of thebook, augmented by chapters on the manuscripts, on Arthur in thechronicles, and on the post-medieval Arthurian material..