English 201 - Sir Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur

English 201 - Sir Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur - Morte...

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Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory I. King Arthur in folklore, legends, and histories A. The historical figure was supposed to have lived in the early sixth century 1. a Briton converted to Christianity by the Roman Empire 2. led armies against Anglo-Saxon invasions 3. a heroic warrior, not a king 4. tales of Arthur’s victories usually emphasize his Christianity – carried image of Mary or Christ’s cross B. Written accounts begin to appear in early seventh century C. Absence of historical fact meant writers could exploit the legend for their own political and social agendas D. Twelfth century 1. Arthur portrayed as a British king by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Layamon 2. Welsh stories told of a fairy-tale king named Arthur 3. In French literature, Arthur and his knights represented the rise and decline of a court that exemplified the aristocratic ideal of chivalry B. “The Vulgate Cycle” 1. five long prose works by French writers in the thirteenth century 2. depicts a darker side of Arthur’s court – critiques the ideal
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