King Arthur in the Medieval Low Countries

Geert H.M. Claassens (Editor),

Series: Mediaevalia Lovaniensia - Series 1-Studia 28

Category: History, History 500-1500

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058670427

Publication date: July 4, 2000

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Size: 240 x 160 x mm


The Arthurian myth is one of the most fundamental and abiding ones of Western culture. The legend of King Arthur and his knights was no less popular in the medieval Low Countries than it was anywhere else in medieval Europe. It gave rise to a varied corpus of Middle Dutch Arthurian verse romances, most of which are contained in a single manuscript, the so-called Lancelot Compilation of MS The Hague, KB, 129 A10. This manuscript of the early fourteenth century contains a cycle of verse narratives that rivals in its scope and thematic concerns the better known Old French Vulgate Cycle of Arthurian tales and Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.

This volume contains new critical work on these and other Middle Dutch Arthurian romances, twelve studies by eleven established scholars in the field of Arthurian literature. In addition to this new scholarship, the volume is provided with an extensive introduction to the Arthurian literature of the medieval Low Countries, as well as summaries of all the extant Middle Dutch Arthurian texts. As such it should prove of interest to Arthurian specialists and enthusiasts alike, many of whom will discover a new body of Arthurian tales, at once both familiar and new, in a heretofore relatively neglected area of Arthurian studies.

Geert H.M. Claassens and David F. Johnson
Arthurian Literature in the Medieval Low Countries: An Introduction

Bart Veldhoen
Best of Gawain: A Comparision of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Roman van Walewein

Ludo Jongen
Walewein as Confessor. Crime and Penance in the Roman van Walewein

Karina van Dalen-Oskam
The Flying Chess-set in the Roman van Walewein

Frank Brandsma
A Voice in the Margin: the Corrector of the Lancelot Compilation

Bart Besamusca
The Damsel of Montesclare in the Middle Dutch Lancelot Compilation

Rita Schlusemann
The Late-Medieval German Reception of Dutch Arthrian Literature in Heidelberg and Blankenheim

Soetje Oppenhuis de Jong
Agloval and the Compiler: the Variant Story of Acglovael in the Lancelot Compilation

Norris J. Lacy
Narration and Textual Grammar in the Moriaen

Geert H.M. Claassens
Redressing the Balance: On the Queeste vanden Grale

Geert Pallemans
Undoing the Subversive: Parody and the Wrake van Ragisel

Parjolein Hogenbirk
A Perfect Knight: Walewein in the Walewein ende Keye

Geert H.M. Claassens
The Narrator as a Character in Lanceloet en het hert met de witte voet

Summaries of Middle Dutch Arthurian Romances

  • Roman van Walewein

  • Ferguut
  • Jacob van Maerlant, Historie van den Grale
  • Jacob van Maerlant, Boek van Merline
  • Lodewijc van Velthem, Merlijn-continuatie
  • Roman van Lanceloet
  • Perchevael
  • Moriaen
  • Queeste vanden Grale
  • Die wrake van Ragisel
  • Roman van den ridder metter mouwen
  • Walewein ende Keye
  • Lanceloet en het hert met de witte voet
  • Torec
  • Arturs doet

Index of Manuscripts

Geert H.M. Claassens

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