Beginning with the earliest recorded stories, King Arthur in Legend and History illustrates the growth of the mythical figure of Arthur through the medieval period.
Presenting selections from medieval Latin, Welsh, English, French and German literature, Richard White traces the Arthurian legend from the earliest mentions of Arthur in Latin chronicles, to Geoffrey of Monmouth's first major contribution to Arthurian legend, to Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Many of these selections have previously been available only to scholars and are translated here for the time into English.
Bringing together an extensive range of diverse material which reveals the development of the figure of Arthur, this anthology enables the reader to understand how the Arthurian legend developed over a period of more than five hundred years. King Arthur in Legend and History also includes a chronology of key Arthurian texts, an appendix of the Arthurian Courts, a list of sources, suggestions for further reading and bibliography. Also inlcludes five maps.\
A collection of medieval Arthurian literature and history spanning 500 years, culled from Latin, English, Welsh, French, and German sources and presenting many passages translated into English for the first time. Selections are arranged in sections on early works, Monmouth and the Brut chronicle tradition, Arthur in early French romance, the Vulgate cycle, later French romance, German and English romances, and historical texts. Each selection is preceded by a brief introduction. Includes a chronology of Arthurian texts, b&w photos and maps, and an appendix of Arthurian Courts. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.