Paganism in Arthurian Romance

This is dark and difficult territory, but building on elusive clues, and tracing a range of sites, especially in south-west Britain, John Darrah has added a significant new dimension to the search for the sources of the legends of Arthur ...

Author: John Darrah

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780859914260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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

The Real Camelot

Author: John Darrah

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780880290272

Category: Arthurian romances

Page: 160

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Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance

King Arthur was not an Englishman, but a Celtic warrior, according to Loomis, whose research into the background of the Arthurian legend reveals findings which are both illuminating and highly controversial.

Author: Roger Sherman Loomis

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613732104

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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King Arthur was not an Englishman, but a Celtic warrior, according to Loomis, whose research into the background of the Arthurian legend reveals findings which are both illuminating and highly controversial. The author sees the vegetarian goddess as the prototype of many damsels in Arthurian romance, and Arthur's knights as the gods of sun and storm. If Loomis's arguments are accepted, where does this leave the historic Arthur?

The Earliest Arthurian Texts

... J . ( 1981 ) : The Real Camelot : Paganism and the Arthurian Romances ,
London - ( 1994 ) : Paganism in Arthurian Romance , Woodbridge Deacey , S .
and K . F . Pierce ( 1997 ) : Rape in Classical Antiquity , London De Souza , P . (
1999 ) ...

Author: Graham Anderson

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 389

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This volume offers, for the first time, a comprehensive collection of all the acient Greek and Latin sources needed to deal with fugures answering to names like Arktouros, Ardus, and Artorius, where the bearers seem to have some kind of 'Arthurian' character.

The Longman Anthology of British Literature

Perspectives : Arthurian Myth in the History of Britain • Translations . • Geoffrey of
Monmouth ... Kim McKone , Pagan Past and Christian Present in Early Irish
Literature , 1990 ... Studies . • John Darrah , Paganism in Arthurian Romance ,
1994 .

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780321333919

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 686

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The goal of this anthology is to present a wealth of poetry, prose, and drama from the full sweep of the literary history of the British Isles and its empire, and to do so in ways that will bring out both the works' original cultural contexts and their lasting aesthetic power.-Pref.

Arthurian Literature and Christianity

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.

Author: Peter Meister

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113482789X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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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").

Choice

00 Paganism in Arthurian Romance concerns the Celtic religious background
found in Arthurian romance . ... that the impact of pre - Christian Welsh , Irish ,
Scottish , Cornish , and Breton religion is greater than has been previously
thought .

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Chr tien de Troyes and the Dawn of Arthurian Romance

This critical text explores the French roots of the legends and the source material of the individual characters, with special attention to the creative role played by de Troyes, whose contribution to the saga continues to shape and inform ...

Author: William Farina

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786457945

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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During the late 12th century, the Arthurian legends first took their form in the imagination of French-speaking romancers. Foremost among these poets was the great Chrétien de Troyes, credited with incorporating into the Arthurian tradition the quest for the Holy Grail and the adulterous affair between Lancelot and Guinevere. This critical text explores the French roots of the legends and the source material of the individual characters, with special attention to the creative role played by de Troyes, whose contribution to the saga continues to shape and inform the modern imagination.

Midsummer

this date occurs frequently in Arthurian romances ' . 4s John Darrah ' s equally
fascinating work on Paganism in Arthurian Romance also omits medieval
associations with St John ' s Day which came from contemporary popular culture ,
rather ...

Author: Sandra Billington

Publisher: Brepols Pub

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 249

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This book is based on fresh and original research from archives in France and the Low Countries, concerning customs and beliefs practised around the midsummer solstice. The information has never previously been considered and it reveals a festive treatment of divisiveness, which might also be politically engaged. The book shows how in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries these traditions were not solely observed by the lower classes. A study of texts throughout the Middle Ages shows that the significance of St John's Day was a valued source for some major writers, and it can be argued that it was even the rationale for works such as Chretien's Yvain, and the anonymous Perlesvaus. The midsummer customs also appear in the civic records of Leuven and Metz, in periods where the city authorities were strong enough to break free of feudal controls. Their civic freedom was expressed at the Feast of the Baptist's Nativity, and this appropriation by the bourgeoisie informs the romance, Galeran. The rationale of Midsummer is to examine the disparate, but interlinked uses of the customs, and to bring to the awareness of scholars festive influences current in Europe before the better known influence of Carnival; also to discuss their seminal importance for early fiction and for the theatre. The book further reveals that pre-Christian belief in Chance / Fortune was supported by the phenomenon of the Solstice and that John the Baptist's Nativity, placed on 24 June, provided a way for Christian Fathers to allow for this, safely. [Sandra Billington is a Reader at the University of Glasgow.]

On Arthurian Women

NOTES 1 Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick , A History of Pagan Europe (
London : Routledge , 1995 ) , p . 2 . 2 Juliette ... 3 Lucy Allen Paton , Studies in
the Fairy Mythology of Arthurian Romance ( Boston : Ginn & Co . , 1903 ) . 4
Laurence ...

Author: Maureen Fries

Publisher: David Brown Book Company

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 408

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A collection of critical essays on female characters in Arthurian literature and biographical essays on women Arthurian scholars. Edited by Bonnie Wheeler and Fiona Tolhurst, literary inheritors of the feminist Arthurian legacy, these essays pay tribute to Maureen Fries, who played a ground-breaking role in re-examining traditional perceptions of the stories of King Arthur and his court as well as preconceptions about women scholars.

Studies in the Arthurian Legend

The pagan and semi - pagan traditions of bardism among the Welsh have
lingered long , and the Book of Taliessin is the ... One has , as will have been
seen already , other interesting traces of the paganism here in point : take , for
example ...

Author: Sir John Rhys

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Category: Welsh literature

Page: 411

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Arthurian Legend and Literature The Middle Ages

On the folk element that originally aided the popularity of the Arthurian romance .
52. Darrah , John . The Real Camelot : Paganism and the Arthurian Romances .
London : Thames and Hudson , 1981 , 160 pp . Argues that , whether or not a ...

Author: Edmund Reiss

Publisher: Scholarly Title

ISBN:

Category: Arthurian romances

Page: 467

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

If not , strictly speaking , wild beasts or outlaws , the inhabitants of the wilderness
are typically pagans or atheists . ... The romance of Fergus expands Chrétien ' s
lines and describes the inhabitants of this backward country as follows : Mais cil ...

Author: Ad Putter

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 279

View: 802

This is an innovative and original exploration of the connections between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the most well-known works of medieval English literature, and the tradition of French Arthurian romance, best-known through the works of Chretien de Troyes two centuries earlier. The book compares Gawain with a wide range of French Arthurian romances, exploring their recurrent structural patterns and motifs, their ethical orientation and the social context in which they were produced. It presents a wealth of new sources and analogues, which reveal and illuminate the Gawain-poet's sophisticated literary and moral understanding of the conventions of Arthurian romance. Throughout, Ad Putter pays close attention to the ways in which the modes of representation in romance are related to social and historical contexts. Focusing on the importance of conscience, courtliness, and self-restraint in Arthurian romance, this book explores the ways in which literati such as Chretien de Troyes and the Gawain-poet adapted chivalric ideals to the changing times.

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Darrah , P . , The Real Camelot : Paganism and the Arthurian Romances (
London 1981 ) . Horton , Chase , ed . : Steinbeck , John , The Acts of King Arthur
and his noble knights from the Winchester MS of Sir Thomas Malory and other
sources ...

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From Ritual to Romance

Poet T. S. Eliot acknowledged the book as crucial to understanding his poem TheWaste Land, noting, Not only the title, but the plan and a good deal of the incidental symbolism of the poem were suggested by Miss Jessie L. Weston's book on ...

Author: Jessie Laidlay Weston

Publisher: Waking Lion Press

ISBN: 9781434102386

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Jessie Laidlay Weston (18501928) was an independent scholar who specialized in medieval Arthurian texts. In 1920, at the age of seventy, she published From Ritual to Romance, which examines the roots of the King Arthur legends, exploring the connections between early pagan elements and later Christian influences. Its revolutionary theory holds that the basic elements of the Grail story are remnants of ancient fertility rites designed to heal the broken land. Poet T. S. Eliot acknowledged the book as crucial to understanding his poem TheWaste Land, noting, Not only the title, but the plan and a good deal of the incidental symbolism of the poem were suggested by Miss Jessie L. Weston's book on the Grail legend: From Ritual to Romance (Cambridge). Indeed, so deeply am I indebted, MissWeston's book will elucidate the difficulties of the poem much better than my notes can do; and I recommend it (apart from the great interest of the book itself) to any who think such elucidation of the poem worth the trouble. Drawing on The Golden Bough, Sir James George Frazer's seminal work on folklore, magic, and religion, Weston examines the mystical elements of the QuesttheWasteland, the Fisher King, the Chapel Perilous, and the Grail itselftying them to the symbols and rites of the ancient mystery religions. She writes, The study and the criticism of the Grail literature will possess an even deeper interest, a more absorbing fascination, when it is definitely recognized that we possess in that literature a unique example of the restatement of an ancient and august Ritual in terms of imperishable Romance. Although her style is formal and academic, the information she presents is rivetingmandatory reading for anyone interested in exploring mythology, the Arthurian legend, and the roots of religion.

Classical Mythology and Arthurian Romance

A Study of the Sources of Chrestien de Troyes' "Yvain" and Other Arthurian
Romances Anselm Hughes, Charles Bertram Lewis. the origins ... How could a
knowledge of this distant pagan cult have penetrated into France in the Middle
Ages ?

Author: Anselm Hughes

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Church music

Page: 331

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Arthuriana

Malory allows both Lancelot and Gawain to emerge as Arthur's equals : equal in
status , each being a king in his own right ; equal in narrative ... BEVERLY
KENNEDY Marianopolis College JOHN DARRAH , Paganism in Arthurian
Romance .

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Category: Arthurian romances

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Merlin and Legendary Romance

An indepth work on the origins of the Merlin of Arthurian legend, this book examines early texts, thirteenth century romances focusing particularly on Merlin as a character, rather than those where Merlin is a background cast member.

Author: Carol Harding

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317656806

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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An indepth work on the origins of the Merlin of Arthurian legend, this book examines early texts, thirteenth century romances focusing particularly on Merlin as a character, rather than those where Merlin is a background cast member. The outline here starts with looking at the genre and the place of fantasy, moving on to consider the attitudes towards magic and magic-users in medieval times. Main works considered are Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and Vita Merlini; the Vulgate cycle, Suite du Merlin; and finally Malory’s work. The author asserts that each portrays a different approach to Merlin but all are tied to history and to the Christian religion.

From Ritual to Romance The True Source of the Holy Grail Aziloth Books

Weston's study of the tales about the mysterious Holy Grail led her to reject the prevailing view that the Grail Legend was simply a work of imagination.

Author: Jessie Laidlay Weston

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781909735545

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 148

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'From Ritual to Romance' is Jessie Weston's landmark study of the legends surrounding the mysterious Holy Grail. Weston studied medieval literature under Professor Bruno Gaston Paris and, as an independent scholar, was less hide-bound in her thinking than most tenured academics. After extensive study she rejected the prevailing consensus: that the Grail was simply a courtly work of imagination with no historical antecedents. Instead, Weston put forward the idea that the Arthurian legend of the Grail is a continuation of prehistoric Vegetation/Fertility rituals that manifested, in Classical times, as Mithraism and the 'Dying Gods' such as Adonis, Tammuz and Attis. Drawing together such apparently disparate subjects as folk-lore, biblical commentaries, mythology, and both pagan and Christian symbology, Weston produced a coherent 'gestalt' that reveals the Grail Legend as a veiled account of pre-Christian mystery initiation. An impressive and accessible book, 'From Ritual to Romance' is essential reading for all those interested in mythology, folk-lore, Paganism, Gnosticism, and the origins of the most famous of all Arthurian Legends.

Lost Lands and Cities Beneath the Sea

Aryan Religion , " in Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics edited by James
Hastings , New York : Charles Scribner's ... Darrah , John , The Real Cameloi -
Paganism and the Arthurian Romances , New York : Thames and Hudson , 1981
, pp .

Author: Jon Douglas Singer

Publisher: Jon Douglas Singer

ISBN:

Category: Geographical myths.

Page: 113

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