Monday, March 30, 2015

A Tour of Arthurian Literature

Today I'm being hosted by Hanna of the delightful blog Book Geeks Anonymous with a detailed tour guide of medieval Arthurian literature. Ever wondered what the definitive English text is, or where you can find an excellent introduction to Arthurian lit for young people?
I suppose the first thing to note about Arthurian legend is that there is not really a definitive version. One of the first tellings of the tale, in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s pseudohistory, is almost unrecognisable as the bare bones of the legends we know today. What we do have is a paper trail: a series of retellings, each one copying and embellishing the one that preceded it, adding characters, episodes, and plot points until the legend arrives at something like its recognisable form.

My hope today is to give you a whirlwind tour of the high points of this paper trail, focusing on the most notable and readable works. We’ll begin with a slight detour....
 Pop over to Book Geeks Anonymous for the full tour!

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