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Arthurian Literature and Christianity

In the twentieth century, critical interest in Christian aspects of Arthurian literature
has varied inversely with the declining role of Christianity in the larger culture.
Not everyone who finds Christianity in the Arthurian cycle is a Christian, nor does

Author : Peter Meister

Release : 2013-05-13

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1134827822

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Intended as "the other bookend" to Jessie Weston's work some eighty years earlier, this essay collection provides a careful overview of recent scholarship on possible overlap between Arthurian literature and Christianity. From Ritual to romance and Notes, taken together, bracket contemporary inquiry into the relationship (if any) between Jesus and Arthur. T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is here regarded as one strand joining this matter to many a recent literary riddle (such as the meaning of the term "postmodernism"). Without reprinting work readily available elsewhere and no longer subject to revision through dialogue with fellow contributors, Notes attempts to do justice to all sides in twentieth century exploration of christianity's contribution to an art form which is also grounded in early European polytheism ("paganism").

Arthurian Literature

So far as the Christian aspect of the story is concerned , it is now beyond doubt
that a legend , similar in all respects to that of the Grail , was widely current at a
date long anterior to any of our extant Grail texts . The story , with Nicodemus ...

Author : Richard Barber

Release : 1992-09

Publisher : DS Brewer

ISBN : 9780859913508

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The vital index to all previous volumes, I-X; plus new research.

The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend

The themes of religion and magic, interwoven in the supernatural, are crucial to
the Arthurian legend. Many of its most resonant motifs, both secular and sacred,
are linked to the supernatural (quest and adventure, magic and enchantment, ...

Author : Elizabeth Archibald

Release : 2009-09-10

Publisher : Cambridge University Press

ISBN : 0521860598

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Covers the evolution of the legend over time and analyses the major themes that have emerged.

A Companion to Arthurian Literature

It is the classic English-language version of an Arthurian legend – still a “history”
to some – that stretches back into Celtic ... a historical figure, celebrated as the “
British worthy” in a list of nine Jews, pagans, and Christians that included Joshua,

Author : Helen Fulton

Release : 2012-01-30

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 0470672374

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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur found in film and electronic media. Part of the popular series, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and explores why it is still integral to contemporary culture. Offers a comprehensive survey from the earliest to the most recent works Features an impressive range of well-known international contributors Examines contemporary additions to the Arthurian canon, including film and computer games Underscores an understanding of Arthurian literature as fundamental to western literary tradition

Arthurian Literature

Increasingly , if slowly and unevenly , authors of fiction have come to treat the
Christian faith as the less attractive and the ... the Arthurian legend , early or late ,
to support an image of Arthur and his followers as other than the Christian elite of
a ...

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Arthurian Literature XX

While the Arthurian legend , as it appears in most medieval forms , is clearly a
Christianized story , it is not generally linked ... story and through the fact that
Arthur's kingdom displays the trappings of a Christian society – the knights attend
mass ...

Author : Keith Busby

Release : 2003

Publisher : DS Brewer

ISBN : 9780859917988

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Studies of major Arthurian works and authors in Old French, Middle High German, Middle English, and of one important novel by C. S. Lewis.

Mystics Quarterly

Arthurian Literature and Christianity : Notes from the Twentieth Century . New
York and London : Garland Publishing , 1999. US $ 50.00 Peter Meister opens
his preface to this collection with the observation that “ Arthurians have
repeatedly ...

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Arthurian Literature XXX

CHRISTIANITY. IN. PERCEFOREST. Nigel. Bryant. Gallaphur tant erra que au
troisieme jour il monta une montaigne ou il trouva ung temple ... Dist l'ancien
home ...: – Sire, on aoure ceans la Deesse des Songes. – Par ma foy, dist
Gallaphur, ...

Author : Elizabeth Archibald

Release : 2013-12

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN : 1843843625

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Arthurian Literature has established its position as the home for a great diversity of new research into Arthurian matters. It delivers fascinating material across genres, periods, and theoretical issues. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

Arthurian Women

... to the Christian religion . ? I want here to investigate some women in Arthurian
literature , to determine whether such negative images are universal or whether
there are other female images — both heroic and positive — to be discovered .

Author : Thelma S. Fenster

Release : 2000

Publisher : Psychology Press

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Englishman's Magazine of Literature, Religion, Science, and Art

Of the style of the book Southey said, in perhaps exaggerated terms of praise,
that it is the best English prose extant, next to the translation of the Bible. At this
point we cease to follow the progress of Arthurian legend. What are the results at

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Another Way

Oddly enough, my friends in graduate school, most of whom were not Christian or
, like me, were leaving or had left the ... The only incident I saw was when a
student gave a presentation in an Arthurian literature course about how
Christians ...

Author : Kevin Brown

Release : 2012-02-06

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN : 1630875686

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Like many young Christians, Kevin Brown had what he believed to be a strong faith, one that provided answers to all the questions he had and might encounter. He even attended a Christian college and considered becoming a youth minister. While there, though, he began having doubts about his faith, began asking questions that came from discussions both in and out of the classroom--questions he couldn't find answers to. When the church told him he shouldn't be asking those questions, he left the church and his faith behind. He kept asking questions, though, and kept looking for a faith that would allow him to have questions and doubts, yet still believe. What he found may offer an answer to the religious divide in our society--one that separates evangelical from progressive Christians, one that separates sacred from secular. In this memoir, Brown describes his spiritual journey from his first faith to the loss of faith to the way he found back to a Christianity where he can ask those questions, a different way than he knew before. He still has questions and doubts, but he also has faith, in spite of and because of those questions and doubts.

Arthurian Women

... to the Christian religion . ? I want here to investigate some women in Arthurian
literature , to determine whether such negative images are universal or whether
there are other female images — both heroic and positive — to be discovered .

Author : Norris J. Lacy

Release : 1996

Publisher : Psychology Press

ISBN : 9780815306238

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Arthurian Literature XVIII

1 C. E. Pickford, 'The Good Name of Chrétien de Troyes', in An Arthurian Tapestry
: Essays in Memory of Lewis Thorpe, ed. K. Varty ... II, 108; édité par Wendelin
Foerster en 1884, Christian von Troyes sämtliche WerkeI (Halle, Niemeyer, pp.

Author : Keith Busby

Release : 2001

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer

ISBN : 0859916170

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This latest issue of Arthurian Literaturecontinues the tradition of the journal, combining critical studies with editions of primary Arthurian texts. Varied in their linguistic and chronological coverage, the articles deal with major areas of Arthurian studies, from early French romance through late medieval English chronicle to contemporary fiction. Topics include Béroul's Tristan, Tristan de Nanteuil, the Anglo-Norman Brut, and the Morte, while an edition of the text of an extrait of Chrétien's Erec et Enide prepared by the eighteenth-century scholar La Curne de Sainte-Palaye offers important insights into both scholarship on Chretien, and our understanding of the Enlightenment. The volume is completed with an encyclopaedic treatment of Arthurian literature, art and film produced between 1995 and 1995, acting as an update to The New Arthurian Encyclopedia.Contributors: RICHARD ILLINGWORTH, JANE TAYLOR, CARLETON CARROLL, MARIA COLOMBO TIMELLI, RALUCA RADULESCU, JULIA MARVIN, NORRIS LACY, RAYMOND THOMPSON.

The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend

fiction to emphasize the women and to retell the legend through them or from
their perspectives . One of the most ... This struggle between a matriarchal Avalon
and a patriarchal Christianity becomes the central conflict of the novel . But the ...

Author : Alan Lupack

Release : 2007-04-26

Publisher : Oxford University Press


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The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend offers a comprehensive survey of the Arthurian legends in all their manifestations, from the earliest medieval texts to their appearances in contemporary culture. Essential reading for Arthurian scholars, medievalists, and for those interested in myth and legend.

Encyclopedia of Folk Heroes

So it is that Christianity came to England and that the Glastonbury area, with its
unseasonably flowering thorn bush, its holy well, and its associations with the
Arthurian legend and pre-Christian belief, became the holiest spot on the islands.

Author : Graham Seal

Release : 2001-01-01

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

ISBN : 1576072169

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Entries describe the origins and deeds of folk heroes as they have existed in folktales, songs, oral tradition, and other folklore genres.

Paganism in Arthurian Romance

Investigation of literary and archaeological evidence in search of pagan sources for the Arthurian legend.

Author : John Darrah

Release : 1997

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer

ISBN : 9780859914260

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Investigation of literary and archaeological evidence in search of pagan sources for the Arthurian legend.

Arthurian Literature XII

It has been argued that he merely sought to prove that Arthur was indeed dead or
, in the wake of Becket's murder , either to offer Glastonbury as an alternative site
for the origins of British Christianity , or to foster a secular royalist cult to rival ...

Author : James P. Carley

Release : 1993

Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd

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Latest work on Arthur by respected scholars.

The Grail

The medieval legend of the Grail, a tale about the search for supreme mystical experience, has never ceased to intrigue writers and scholars by its wildly variegated forms: the settings have ranged from Britain to the Punjab to the Temple ...

Author : Roger Sherman Loomis

Release : 1963

Publisher : Princeton University Press

ISBN : 9780691020754

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The medieval legend of the Grail, a tale about the search for supreme mystical experience, has never ceased to intrigue writers and scholars by its wildly variegated forms: the settings have ranged from Britain to the Punjab to the Temple of Zeus at Dodona; the Grail itself has been described as the chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper, a stone with miraculous youth-preserving virtues, or a vessel containing a man's head swimming in blood. In his classic exploration of the major versions, Roger Sherman Loomis shows how the Grail, once a Celtic vessel of plenty, evolved into the Christian Grail with miraculous powers. Loomis bases his argument on historical examples involving the major motifs and characters in the legends, beginning with the Arthurian legend recounted in the 1180 French poem by Chrétien de Troyes. Loomis's book builds suspense as he proceeds from one puzzle to the next in revealing the meaning behind the legends.--From publisher description.

Insights Into Christian Esoterism

The Holy Grail : The Galahad Quest in the Arthurian Literature ( most recent
edition : New Hyde Park , NY : University Books , 1961 ) ) . 2 . The French text has
' one - sighted ' italicized and in English . ED . this would not be strictly exact , and
in ...

Author : Rene Guenon

Release : 2005-05

Publisher : Sophia Perennis

ISBN : 9780900588396

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One of René Guénon's lifelong quests was to discover, or revive, the esoteric, initiatory dimension of the Christian tradition. In the present volume, along with its companion volume The Esoterism of Dante, Guénon undertakes to establish that the three parts of The Divine Comedy represent the stages of initiatic realization, exploring the parallels between the symbolism of the Commedia and that of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Christian Hermeticism, and illustrating Dante's knowledge of traditional sciences unknown to the moderns: the sciences of numbers, of cosmic cycles, and of sacred astrology. In these works Guénon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and organizations as the Holy Grail, the Guardians of the Holy Land, the Sacred Heart, the Fedeli d'Amore and the 'Courts of Love', and the Secret Language of Dante. One chapter in the present volume, 'Christianity and Initiation', is of special interest with regard to the history of the Traditionalist School. When first published as an article, it gave rise to some controversy because Guénon here reaffirmed his denial of the efficacy of the Christian sacraments as rites of initiation, a point of divergence between the teachings of Guénon and those of other key perennialist thinkers. Both The Esoterism of Dante and Insights into Christian Esoterism will be of inestimable value to all who are struggling to come to terms with the fullness of the Christian tradition.

King Arthur's European Realm

The authors of the Arthurian literature might have been involved in a political and
ideological struggle against powerful enemies who ... When Christianity became
the dominant religion, its own dissidents became the target of persecutions.

Author : Paul Sire

Release : 2014-03-07

Publisher : McFarland

ISBN : 0786478012

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What is known of the legendary King Arthur is mostly derived from folklore and literature. Though the evidence is scant and debated, some scholars support a case for the existence of a historical figure in post–Roman Britain. However, the starting point for many King Arthur narratives—Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae—does not limit itself to post–Roman Britain. The more fanciful elements have King Arthur conquering Northern Europe, making his way to Rome. Unlike most scholars that debate the historicity of Arthur, Paul Sire generously allows Geoffrey of Monmouth a serious approach. Herein, the author speculates how a historic Arthur could have had a European realm.