King Arthur's Death (The Library of literature, 29)

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Professor Benson's edition of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and the Alliterative Morte Arthure has been long out of print. Benson's edition of these important Middle English poems is here revised and updated by Professor Edward E. Foster, taking into account recent scholarship, to once again be available and accessible to students. The romances included here are two of the best, most significant Arthurian romances in Middle English, which complement each other in terms of style and content. While the Alliterative Morte Arthure belongs to the Alliterative Revival movement, replete with details of fourteenth century warfare, the Stanzaic Morte Arthur represents a briefer, quicker-paced, yet more sentimental English adaptation of the French Mort Artu. This edition-with contextualizing introductions, helpful glosses, plentiful notes, and useful glossary-comprises a great introduction to Middle English Arthuriana for students of the Middle Ages.

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The romances in this volume exemplify two different traditions of Arthurian stories developed in the Middle Ages, and are among the finest English medieval narrative poems. The texts have been edited for readers who have little or no training in Middle English; they deserve a wider readership simply for what they are, first-rate works of art. They are also essential reading for the student of the Arthurian legend and of the culture of the late medieval period. The Stanzaic Morte Arthur engages with the tragic implications of the chivalric love between Lancelot, Arthur and Guinevere; the Alliterative Morte Arthure with those of the aspirations of militant chivalry espoused by Arthur and his knights.

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Larry Benson was a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, specializing in Chaucer and Middle English. Edward E. Foster was a Professor at Grinnell College in Iowa. He delighted in teaching classes in the Humanities Core, in Old and Middle English poetry, and in the history of the English language.

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