Arthurian references in medieval Welsh poetry, c. 1100-c. 1540

Lewis, Barry James (2019) Arthurian references in medieval Welsh poetry, c. 1100-c. 1540. In: Arthur in the Celtic Languages: The Arthurian Legend in Celtic Literatures and Traditions. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages (9). University of Wales Press and the Vinaver Trust, Cardiff, pp. 187-202. ISBN 978-1-78683-343-3 (Accepted Version)

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A survey of references to characters and events with a connection to Arthur and the Arthurian story-world within the works of medieval Welsh poets. The specifically `Arthurian' poems are excluded as they are dealt with by another contributor in the volume. Instead, the poems examined here are praise poetry, love poetry, satire, prophecy and religious verse. The chapter explores the changing aspects of the Arthurian story-world to which medieval Welsh poets make reference. In the twelfth century, references indicate that the poets accessed a predominantly native Arthurian tradition, but were already being exposed to French Arthurian literature. French influence increased steadily over the centuries to become quite predominant, but some memory was retained of divergent and sometimes conflicting Welsh traditions of Arthur.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Middle Welsh, Arthur, poetry, Arthurian literature, literary allusions
Divisions: School of Celtic Studies > Celtic languages and linguistics
School of Celtic Studies
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2022 21:18

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