The study of the Arthurian legend in the 1600s has revealed almost no romance; the stories are more about the truth of Arthur’s existence and his exploits, with influence due to political bearing of the royalty versus parliament at the time. This fascinating study elucidates the differences between the stories of the seventeenth century and those more well-known now and looks at the development of the literature in line with the political climate and its links with Arthurian prophecy and lineage. Originally published 1932 and again in 1967.
Preface 1. The Continuation of the Tudor-British Tradition 2. The Trojan and the Saxon Original 3. Trojan and Saxon in Literature 4. Arthur as Epic Subject. Commentary and Bibliographical Notes
Reissuing works originally published between 1929 and 1996, Routledge Library Editions: Arthurian Literature offers a selection of scholarship on the genre. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this small set of literary criticism, translation, art and drama.The enduring myth and legend appears from Mediaeval literature through to more modern writings and offers a spectrum of poetry and prose which is studied widely, as expemplified in this set.