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The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory's Morte Darthur : Arthurian Studies - D. Thomas Hanks

The Social and Literary Contexts of Malory's Morte Darthur

Arthurian Studies

By: D. Thomas Hanks (Editor), Jessica G. Brogdon (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th December 2000
ISBN: 9780859915946
Number Of Pages: 168

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These studies look at Malory's Morte Darthur as both literature and history. Insights into warfare and into contemporary attitudes to violence and the depredations of war are balanced by considerations of the literary context of the Morte, both with regard to the manuscript tradition of 'grete bokes', and the first printed version. Current critical attitudes to the Morte are also examined, with the suggestion that Malory's intentions have been both imperfectly realised and understood. D. THOMAS HANKS Professor of English, Baylor University Many aspects of Malory's Morte Darthur reflect contemporary literary and social issues, and it is this topic which forms the focus for the eight essays in the volume, all by leading Malory scholars. Terence McCarthy suggests that the Morte was a book that came at the wrong time, and which we have admired for the wrong reasons. Andrew Lynch and D. Thomas Hanks Jr argue that Malory questions his culture's ideology of arms; Karen Cherewatuk and Kevin Grimm discuss the manuscript and printed contexts of the Morte. Robert Kelly examines some of the political elements of the Morte; Ann Elaine Bliss points out the role of processions in Malory's time and in the Morte; and P.J.C. Field compares the Morte's final battle to elements of the Battle of Towton (1461), finding strong similarities between the two.

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Introductionp. 1
Old Worlds, New Worlds: King Arthur in Englandp. 5
"Thou woll never have done": Ideology, Context and Excess in Malory's Warp. 24
Sir Thomas Malory's "Grete Booke"p. 42
Malory and the Battle of Towtonp. 68
The Symbolic Importance of Processions in Malory's Morte Darthur and in Fifteenth-Century Englandp. 75
Malory's Anti-Knights: Balin an Breunysp. 94
Malory's Argument Against War with France: the Political Geography of France and the Anglo-French Alliance in the Morte Darthurp. 111
Wynkyn de Worde and the Creation of Malory's Morte Darthurp. 134
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780859915946
ISBN-10: 0859915948
Series: Arthurian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 17th December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.43

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