The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature (Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages)
This first comprehensive treatment of Arthurian literature inthe English language up until the end of the Middle Ages is nowavailable for the first time in paperback. English people think ofArthur as their own – stamped on the landscape in scores ofplace-names, echoed in the names of princes even today. Yet somewould say the English were the historical Arthur’s bitterestenemies and usurpers of his heritage. The process by whichArthurian legends have become an important part of England’scultural heritage is traced in this book. Previous studies haveconcentrated on the handful of chivalric romances, which have giventhe impression that Arthur is a hero of romantic escapism. Thisstudy seeks to provide a more comprehensive and insightful look atthe English Arthurian legends and how they evolved. It focusesprimarily upon the literary aspects of Arthurian legend, but italso makes some important political and social observations.