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Arthurian Legends Poll [Dec. 19th, 2007|11:48 am]

Poll #1108607 Arthurian Legends

Which of the following did the most damage to the story of Arthur

Thomas Mallory
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Disney's "The Sword in the Stone"

What would you suggest for a celebration of the birth (and life) of Arthur, other than reading/telling the stoires?


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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2007-12-20 01:29 am (UTC)
You are correct. Mallory gets so much credit for being the first to codify it. I forgot about him.
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From: scarfman
2007-12-20 03:11 am (UTC)

What Malory is credited with by scholars is being the first to gather all or most of the current stories of his time into English print. In the fifteenth century most of the written Arthurian works that survive today had for centuries been produced in France (including the romances of Chretien de Troyes, who seems to have invented Lancelot). That's why Malory keeps referring to his source as "the Frensshe book"; most of his work is a retelling of the Old French Vulgate cycle, also known as the Lancelot-Grail cycle, of romances from the twelfth century (shortly after Chretien wrote). There were some works in English, and Malory made use of some of them too. But the influence of Malory's work is that it was a compendium, and it was in English, and it was one of the first English works to be mass-produced by a printing press.

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[User Picture]From: cardeia
2007-12-20 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, Cretien! Me too I forgot about him! We are always inundated with Mallory as the first popular telling, and the older versions get pushed aside, since his was so very swashbuckling *grin*... That and the printing press, eh? Makes it so much easier.

Do you know where I could get a copy of Cretien's de Troy's script? Is it even (re)printed or online anywhere? I have never read it, believe it or not, and would love to at some point.
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