The Arthur of the Iberians

The Arthurian Legends in the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds

Editor(s) David Hook

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism, Modern Languages, History

Series: Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

  • June 2015 · 576 pages ·244x172mm

  • · Hardback - 9781783162413
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783162420
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783162437

About The Book

This book fills the Iberian linguistic and geographical gap in Arthurian studies, replacing the now-outdated work by William J. Entwistle (1925). It covers Arthurian material in all the major Peninsular Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician); it follows the spread of Arthurian material overseas with the seaborne expansion of Spain and Portugal from Iberia into America and Asia in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; and, as well as examining the specifically Arthurian texts themselves, it traces the continued influence of the medieval Arthurian material and its impact on the society, literature and culture of the Golden Age and beyond, including its presence in Don Quixote, the influential Spanish Arthurian-inspired romance Amadís de Gaula, and in Spanish ballads. Such was its influence that we find an indigenous American woman called ‘Iseo’ (Iseult); and an Arthurian story appeared in an indigenous language of the Philippines, Tagalog, as late as the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


‘This is a superb collaborative enterprise by eleven leading authorities. Ranging across the Romance languages of Iberia, including their territories overseas, and extending chronologically into the twentieth century, it takes into account the many scholarly developments and discoveries since the classic surveys by Entwistle (1925) and Lida de Malkiel (1959). The essays study in detail how the Matter of Britain spread widely in the Peninsula, shaped home-grown genres such as chivalric and sentimental romances, including Don Quixote, and even came to serve at times as a model for life in the early modern period. Edited with skill and precision by David Hook, this book will establish itself for many years to come as an invaluable resource for scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the general reader.’
-Professor Edwin Williamson, University of Oxford

‘This volume is indeed an outstanding achievement, a tour de force which has resulted in a remarkable book. Because of its ample chronological scope, and of the vast chronological period it covers, this Arthur of the Iberians is a veritable Summa Arturiana Hispanica, a research tool which will be essential to any scholar wishing to investigate the presence of Arthurian material in the Hispanic world.’
-Dr Juan-Carlos Conde, Magdalen College Oxford

‘Arthur of the Iberians marks a new stage in studies on the European reception of Arthurian legends. Drawing on the latest and most rigorous research, the volume challenges long-held assumptions about the paucity of Arthuriana in Spain and Portugal. It makes for a fascinating journey.’
-Professor Julian Weiss, King’s College London


I Arthurian Material in Iberia
Paloma Gracia
II The Surviving Peninsular Arthurian Witnesses: A Description and an Analysis
José Manuel Lucía Megías
III Arthurian Literature in Portugal
Santiago Gutiérrez García
IV The Matière de Bretagne in Galicia from the XIIth to the XVth Century
Pilar Lorenzo Gradín
V The Matière de Bretagne in the Corona de Aragón
Lourdes Soriano Robles
VI The Matter of Britain and Historical Reality
Carlos Alvar
VII The Post-Vulgate Cycle in the Iberian Peninsula
Paloma Gracia
VIII The Hispanic Versions of the Lancelot en prose: Lanzarote del Lago and Lançalot
Antonio Contreras
IX The Iberian Tristan Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
María Luzdivina Cuesta Torre
X Amadís de Gaula
Rafael Ramos
XI Arthur Goes Global: Arthurian Material in Hispanic and Portuguese America and Asia
David Hook
XII The Contemporary Return of the Matter of Britain to Iberian Letters (XIXth to XXth Centuries)
Juan Miguel Zarandona

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): David Hook

David Hook is currently Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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