The twelfth-century Arthur

A. D. Putter*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend
EditorsElizabeth Archibald, Ad Putter
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-0-521-86059-8, 978-0-521-67788-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Volume co-edited by author; also co-author of Introduction and Bibliography (1-18, 235-52)


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