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The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Paperback – October 12, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-9814401418 ISBN-10: 0521677882 Edition: 0th

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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521677882
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814401418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'The welcome new addition to the authoritative Cambridge Companion series traces Arthurian narrative from history through pseudo-history to romance, and on into the post-medieval centuries. ... Ad Putter's chapter on the twelfth century is a masterpiece of compression ...' The Times Literary Supplement

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For more than a thousand years, the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have inspired some of the most important works of European literature. This Companion outlines the evolution of the legend from the earliest documentary sources to Spamalot.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MissDaisyAnne on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Cambridge University Press for the purpose of review.
Was King Arthur a real person? Maybe he was based loosely on a historical figure from the past?
In The Cambridge Companion To The Arthurian Legend, the editors do not seek to find the real Arthur, because they feel he is an enigma. Many historians and researchers have thought they'd found clues as to who he was and what exact time period he lived in; nevertheless, nothing concrete has been found.
The editors of Archibald and Putter state the goal of this book:

"Our aim is to strike a balance between the descriptive and the analytic, so this companion is divided into two parts. The chronological section shows how the legend evolved from the shadowy Welsh tradition through medieval chronicle and romance and post-medieval skepticism to modern novels, cartoons and films. Here we have concentrated on the Anglophone versions for the post-medieval period. In the thematic section we have chosen themes which seem to us to the key to understanding Arthurian literature; all essays in this section deal with both medieval and post-medieval material, though the main focus is medieval." Page 3.

The Cambridge Companion To The Arthurian Legend, is an academic study of King Arthur, both in medieval history and through to the twenty-first century. Arthur legends appeared in France, Germany, Wales, Greece, and Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
The focus of this book will be on "English traditions."

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1. I'm a beginner in the study of King Arthur and I learned so much in this book. For example, I did not know Arthurian legends were in other countries.
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Format: Paperback
Not a good choice for university students as a companion to the orginal texts. A much better choice is The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition) Oct 3, 1997
by Norris J. Lacy and Geoffrey Ashe. Everything written by Elizabeth Archibald is pompous and annoying and a big waste for university students.
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