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Arthurian Romance

A Short Introduction

Derek Pearsall

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Englische Sprachwissenschaft / Literaturwissenschaft


This witty and accessible book traces the history of Arthurianromance from medieval to modern times, explaining its enduringappeal. * * Traces the history of Arthurian romance from medieval to moderntimes. * Covers art and films as well as the great literary works ofArthurian romance. * Draws out the changing political, moral and emotional uses ofthe story. * Explains the enduring appeal of the Arthurian legend. * Written by an author with vast knowledge of medievalliterature.


"In this succinct yet remarkably inclusive book, one of the greatEnglish medievalists of our time takes a genuinely European view ofthe great Arthurian saga. Vastly erudite yet companionable instyle, Pearsall succeeds admirably in conveying the pleasures ofreading, and in encouraging us to read, the unfolding andunravelling adverntures of Arthur and Guinevere, Lancelot andMerlin." David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor and Chair,University of Pennsylvania <!--end--> "Pearsall is a a knowledgeable, astute, and witty guidewho writes for all those captivated by Arthurian stories. Heunravels the tangled web of medieval romance in England, France,and Germany, explores the 'second coming' of Arthurian themes inthe romantic revival of the nineteenth century, and shows how thepotent mixture of ennobling love, violence, political idealism,chivalry, pathos, tragedy, myth, honour and shame continues toappeal to our present day and age. Pearsall is a seasonedinterpreter whose virtuoso readings of the key texts of Arthurianromance, from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Monty Python, will delightand instruct." Peter Brown, University of Kent atCanterbury "The author's mastery of the Arthurian tradition results in abook that is both stimulating and learned." Choice "a book that is, itself, a pleasure to read, both entertainingand erudite. [...] The book's economy and easy-going style shouldmake it appealing to the non-specialist, but Pearsall's scholarlydepth and range add a lustre that even the most sophisticatedreader will appreciate."
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Englische Literatur / Alt- u. Mittelenglisch, Mittelalter, Literaturwissenschaft, Old, Middle & Medieval English Literature, Literature