King Arthur came into his own in the twelfth century. Around 1135 he acquired a biographer, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and a few decades later a champion poet, Chrétien de Troyes, the pioneer of Arthurian romance. The fame of both these writers, in their own lifetime and beyond, amply justifies their status as the fathers of Arthurian literature. Its mother was an oral tradition about which we know much less. Not many fossils survive, but those that do are so varied and widespread as to leave us in no doubt about the vigour of the popular tradition on which Geoffrey and Chrétien grafted their invention.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend|
|Editors||Elizabeth Archibald, Ad Putter|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Print)||978-0-521-86059-8, 978-0-521-67788-2|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|