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The Arthur of the Welsh

The Arthurian Legend in Medieval Welsh Literature

Editor(s): Rachel Bromwich A. O. H. Jarman Brynley F. Roberts

Language: English

Genre(s): History Welsh Interest

Series: Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

January 1995310 pages250x175mm

Paperback - 9780708313077 - 9780585311722

About The Book

Little, if anything, is known historically of Arthur, yet for centuries the romances of Arthur and his court dominated the imaginative literature of Europe in many languages. The roots of this vast flowering of the Arthurian legend are to be found in early Welsh tradition, and this volume gives an account of the Arthurian literature produced in Wales, in both Welsh and Latin, during the Middle Ages.

The distinguished contributors offer a comprehensive view of recent scholarship relating to Arthurian literature in early Welsh and other Brythonic sources. The volume includes chapters on the ‘historical’ Arthur, Arthur in early Welsh verse, the legend of Merlin, the tales of Culhwch ac Olwen, Geraint, Owain, Peredur, The Dream of Rhonabwy and Trystan ac Esyllt. Other chapters investigate the evidence for the growth of the Arthurian theme in the Triads and in the Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of Monmouth, and discuss the Breton connection and the gradual transmission of
the legend to the non-Celtic world.

The volume, which is unique in offering a comprehensive discussion of the subject, will appeal widely to medievalists, to Welsh and Celtic scholars, and to those non-specialists who have felt the fascination of the figure of Arthur and wish to know more.

Endorsements

`The scholarship embodied in this work is consistently high. It may assume its place as a standard in Arthurian and Welsh studies immediately.' (Speculum-A Journal of Medieval Studies) `...a collection of delightfully presented and elegantly written essays... all readers with an interest in Arthurian matters, whether students or established scholars, will recognise its importance.' (Synopsis)

'...an ideal source book for students...' (Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies)

About the Editor(s)

Rachel Bromwich

Rachel Bromwich was Emeritus Reader in Celtic Languages and Literature at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University.

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A. O. H. Jarman

A.O.H. Jarman was a Welsh scholar and Professor of Welsh at University College, Cardiff until his retirement in 1979.

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Brynley F. Roberts

Dr Brynley F. Roberts retired from his post as Librarian of the National Library of Wales in 1994. He was previously Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Swansea University and had also been on the staff of the Welsh Department at Aberystwyth University. Since his retirement he has continued his researches in medieval Welsh historical literature and the life and work of Edward Lhwyd at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies where he is an honorary Research Fellow.

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