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Friday, June 16, 2017

Gender and the Chivalric Community in Malory's Morte d'Arthur - Dorsey Armstrong

The legend of King Arthur and his Knights was written as multiple pieces by many authors spread across many lands. It was Sir Malory who finally pieced these stories together into a cohesive narrative for readers to enjoy. While Malory put this story into the hands of people who would not otherwise have access, as Armstrong will explain, he has a different idea of what chivalry is than those who wrote the original stories.

Armstrong explores the Rise of Arthur's Court in the first chapter and concludes in the final chapter with The Decline and Fall of Chivalric Community. The second chapter is devoted completely to Sir Lancelot, one of the primary characters in the saga,
including his adventures and his devotion to Guinevere and the chivalric duty. She also talk about Gareth and Tristan's adventures and how they represent chivalry. In the second to the last chapter, she explains how gender
and kinship factor into community and the Quest for the Holy Grail.

Anybody who wants to get a true understanding of chivalry and what it means to the many authors of the chronicles of King Arthur should read this piece.

This book is available for free by Creative Commons License and can be downloaded: http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/AA/00/01/16/82/00001/GenderandtheChivalricCommunity.pdf

More by the Author:
Great Courses - King Arthur: History and Legend
Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur: A New Modern English Translation Based on the Winchester Manuscript
Mapping Malory

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