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Arthur in the Celtic Languages

The Arthurian Legend in Celtic Literatures and Traditions

Editor(s): Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan Erich Poppe

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

January 2019432 pages244x172mm

Hardback - 9781786833433 eBook - epub - 9781786833457 eBook - mobi - 9781786833464 eBook - pdf - 9781786833440

About The Book

This is the first comprehensive authoritative survey of Arthurian literature and traditions in the Celtic languages of Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. With contributions by leading and emerging specialists in the field, the volume traces the development of the legends that grew up around Arthur and have been constantly reworked and adapted from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. It shows how the figure of Arthur evolved from the leader of a warband in early medieval north Britain to a king whose court becomes the starting-point for knightly adventures, and how characters and tales are reimagined, reshaped and reinterpreted according to local circumstances, traditions and preoccupations at different periods. From the celebrated early Welsh poetry and prose tales to less familiar modern Breton and Cornish fiction, from medieval Irish adaptations of the legend to the Gaelic ballads of Scotland, Arthur in the Celtic Languages provides an indispensable, up-to-date guide of a vast and complex body of Arthurian material, and to recent research and criticism.

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Abbreviations
Glossary of Welsh Terms
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Part One: Wales
– The Beginnings of Welsh Arthurian Tradition
– Native Welsh Arthurian Tales
– Medieval Translations and Adaptations into Welsh
– Influences and Re-Compositions
– Popular and Later Traditions
Part Two: Cornish & Breton Traditions
Part Three: The Gaelic World
– Ireland
– Scotland

About the Editor(s)

Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan is Honorary Research Fellow at Bangor University, and was formerly Head of Manuscripts and Visual Images at the National Library of Wales.

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Erich Poppe

Erich Poppe was formerly Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Marburg, and is currently involved in two research projects on medieval Welsh language and philology.

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