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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 03:23:37 pm »

Title: The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend
Author(s): Rhiannon Purdie; Nicola Royan (Editor)
Publisher: Cambridge: D.S. Brewer
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 1843840367
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This volume of essays on "The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend" addresses several different ways in which tensions between Scotland and England are reflected in Medieval Scottish literature about King Arthur as a legendary and historical figure. The focus remains on texts written in Latin or Scots, not in Gaelic. In their introduction Rhiannon Purdie and Nicola Royan (1-8) give a short overview of the collection, explaining that Scotland has its own idiosyncratic approach of Arthur. The period covered extends from the Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1136, henceforth HRB) up to the accession of James VI in 1603 to the English throne as James I. HRB is the first text in which the idea of Arthur as king of the whole of the island of Britain is upheld, with the implication that the sovereignty of the ruler of England extends over Scotland.

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Scotland's importance in Arthurian legend is undeniable: it was the traditional homeland of key figures such as Gawain; its landscape is still dotted with Arthurian associations, and many modern attempts to locate a historical Arthur end up in Scotland. Nevertheless, Scotland's complex relationship with Arthurian legend has been surprisingly neglected, and this volume is the first to be dedicated to it. The essays cover the period between the appearance in ca. 1136 of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and the accession of James VI to the English throne as James I in 1603 -- five centuries of precarious Scottish independence during which the relationship of the Scots and the English, as refracted through Arthurian legend, is at its most turbulent and changeable. The approaches are both literary and historical, covering such topics as the direct responses of early Scottish historians to the challenges set by Geoffrey's work, Arthurian literature written in Scots, the circulation of other Arthurian material in Scotland, and the portrayal of Scotland and the Scots in English and French Arthurian texts. This volume will be of equal interest to Arthurians and to students of older Scottish history and culture.

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