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NB – an alternative, chronologically and thematically organised bibliography is available in the The Cambridge Companion to Arthurian Literature, ed. Archibald and Putter and (first entry below), which can be accessed online through the library.

Particularly useful works are listed with an *asterisk.


* Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Arthurian Literature (CUP, 2009) — electronic version available through library website !

* Derek Pearsall, Arthurian Romance: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2003).

* Helen Fulton (ed.), A Companion to Arthurian Literature (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) - —electronic version available through library website !

* W.R.J. Barron (ed.) The Arthur of the English: the Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature (Univ. of Wales Press, 2001)

* Glyn S. Burgess and Karen Pratt (eds.) The Arthur of the French (Univ. of Wales Press, 2006).

* Alan Lupack, The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend (OUP, 2005)

* Norris J. Lacy (ed.), A History of Arthurian Scholarship (Brewer, 2006)

* Beate Schmolke-Hasselman, The Evolution of Arthurian Romance (CUP, 2006)

Lori Walters ed. Launcelot and Guinevere: A Casebook (Routledge, 2002)

Philip C. Boardman & D.P. Nastali eds. The Arthurian Annals: The Tradition in English from 1250-2000 2 vols (OUP, 2004).

Patricia Clare Ingham, Sovereign Fantasies: Arthurian Romance and the Making of Britain. (UPenn, 2001).

Richard J. Moll, Before Malory: Reading Arthur in Late Medieval England (Toronto UP, 2003).

Roger Middleton, (ed.) Arthurian Romance, (Nottingham, 1991)

E.D. Kennedy (ed.) King Arthur: A Casebook, 1996

N.J. Lacy (ed.), The Arthurian Handbook, 1988

N.J. Lacy, The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, 1991

R.S. Loomis (ed.), Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, 1959

R.S. Loomis, The Development of Arthurian Romance, 1970

S. Knight, Arthurian Literature and Society, 1983

D.D.R. Owen, Arthurian Romance

Friedrich Wolfzettel, (ed.) Arthurian Romance and Gender: Conference Proceedings (Amsterdam, 1995)

Thelma Fenster (ed.) Arthurian Women: a casebook (Garland, 1996)

M. Victoria Guerin, The Fall of Kings and Princes: Structure and Destruction in Arthurian Tragedy (Stanford Univ. Press, 1995)

M.B. Shichtman & J.P. Carley (eds.), Culture and the King. The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend, 1994

Geoffrey of Monmouth

* M.J. Curley, Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1994

*R.M. Loomis, ‘Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth’ in J.J. Wilhelm & L.Z. Gross (ed.) The Romance of Arthur, 1984, 57-86.

* J.J. Wilhelm, ‘Arthur in the Chronicles’, in above, 5-12. (copies distributed in class)

* J. Gillingham, ‘The Context and Purposes of Geoffrey of Monouth’s History of the Kings of Britain’, in M. Chibnall ed. Anglo-Norman Studies 13, Proceedings of the Battle Conference 1990 (1991)

* J. Crick, ‘Geoffrey of Monmouth, prophecy and history’, Journal of Medieval History, 18 (1992)

* B.N. Sargent-Barr, ‘Dux Bellorum / Rex Militum / Roi Faineant. The transformations of Arthur in the 12th Century’, in E.D. Kennedy (ed.) King Arthur. A Casebook, 1996.

* Victoria Flood, ‘Arthur’s Return from Avalon: Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Development of the Legend’, Arthuriana 25.2 (2015) [available online]

* Siân Echard, ed., The Arthur of Medieval Latin literature: the Development and Dissemination of the Arthurian Legend in Medieval Latin, 2011

* Michael A. Faletra, Wales and the Medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century, 2014 [available online]

J.S.P. Tatlock, The legendary history of Britain: Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘Historia regum Britanniae’ and its early vernacular versions, 1950

C. Brooke, ‘Geoffrey of Monmouth as a Historian’ in C.N.L. Brooke (ed), Church and Government in the Middle Ages (CUP, 1976)

R.H. Fletcher, The Arthurian Material in the Chronicles, 1966

R. Bromwich, J.O.H. Jarman & B.F. Roberts (eds.), The Arthur of the Welsh: the Arthurian Tradition in Medieval Welsh Literature, 1991

M.R. Warren, ‘Making Contact: Postcolonial Perspectives through Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britannie’, Arthuriana 8.4 (1998)

M. Curley, ‘The History of the Kings of Britain: Arthur and his Successors’, in M.J. Curley, Geoffrey of Monmouth (1994)

T. Turville-Petre, ‘The Story of England’, in Turville-Petre, England the Nation: Language, Literature and National Identity, 1290-1340 (1996).

F.T. Neuendorf, ‘Negotiating Feminist and Historicist Concerns: Guenevere in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Brittaniae’, in Quondam et Futurus, vol. 3, no. 2 (1993)

A.L. Furtado, ‘From Alexander of Macedonia to Arthur of Britain’, Arthuriana, 5 (1995)

M. Fries, ‘The Arthurian Moment: History and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britannie’, Arthuriana, 8 (1998)

L. Johnson, ‘Etymologies, Genealogies and Nationalities (Again)’, in S. Forde, L. Johnson & A.V. Murray (eds.), Concepts of National Identity in the Middle Ages, 1995

F. Bogdanow, ‘The Evolution of the Theme of the Fall of Arthur’s Kingdom’, in Kennedy, King Arthur, 1996.

Chretien de Troyes

*Norris J. Lacy & J. T. Grimbert eds. A Companion to Chretien de Troyes (Brewer, 2005)

*Donald Maddox, The Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes: once and future fictions (CUP, 1991) [available online]

*Zrinka Stahuljak, Virginie Greene, Sarah Kay, Sharon Kinoshita, Peggy McCracken, Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes, 2013 [available online]

N.J. Lacy, The Craft of Chretien de Troyes, 1980

R.S. Loomis, Arthurian Tradition and Chretien de Troyes, 1949

P. Haidu, Aesthetic Distance in Chretien de Troyes, 1968

L.T. Topsfield, Chretien de Troyes: a study of the Arthurian romances, 1981

T. Hunt, Chretien de Troyes: Yvain (critical guides), 1986

P.S. Noble, Love and Marriage in Chretien de Troyes, 1982

Douglas Kelly (ed.) The Romances of Chretien de Troyes: a symposium, 1985

R.H. Cline, Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart, 1990

P.J.C. Field, ‘Malory and Chretien de Troyes’, Reading Medieval Studies, 1991

Douglas Kelly, The Art of Medieval French Romance, 1992

R.L. Krueger, ‘Love, Honour and the Exchange of Women in Yvain’, in T. Fenster (ed.) Arthurian Women (1996) (see above)

R.L. Krueger, ‘Desire, Meaning and the Female Reader: the Problem in Chretien’s Charrete’, in Christopher Baswell & William Sharpe (eds.) The Passing of Arthur (Garland, 1988)

P. McCracken, ‘The Body Politic and the Queen’s Adulterous Body in French Romance’, in L. Lomperis & S. Stanbury, Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature, 1993

E.Jane Burns & Roberta L. Krueger (eds.) Courtly Ideology and Woman’s Place in Medieval French Literature (1985)

Albrecht Classen (ed), Discourses on Love, Marriage and Transgression in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Arizona, 2004)

Marie de France (and Thomas Chestre)

* Introduction to The Lais of Marie de France, trans. G. S. Burgess & K. Busby (Penguin)

* A Companion to Marie de France, ed. Logan E. Whalen, 2011. [electronic version available through library]

* A.C. Spearing, ‘The Lanval Story’, in The Medieval Poet as Voyeur: Looking and Listening in Medieval Love Narratives (1993), ch.5 [available online]

P. Clifford, Marie de France, Lais, Critical Guide, 1982

E.J. Mickel, Marie de France, 1974

E.Jane Burns & Roberta L. Krueger (eds.) Courtly Ideology and Woman’s Place in Medieval French Literature (1985)

D.Chamberlain, ‘Marie de France’s Arthurian Lais: Subtle and Political’, in M.B. Shichtman & J.P. Carley (eds.), Culture and the King. The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend, 1994

E. Hoepffner, ‘The Breton Lais’, in R.S. Loomis (ed) Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, 1959

Intro. in A.J. Bliss (ed) Thomas Chestre, Sir Launfal, 1960

B.K. Martin, ‘Sir Launfal and the Folktale’, Medium Aevum, 35 (1966), 199-210

C.J. Nappholz, ‘Launfal’s Largesse’, English Language Notes, 25.3 (1988), 4-9

W.R.J. Barron (ed.) The Arthur of the English, 1999, pp.130-35

James T. Stewart, ‘Thomas Chestre’s Sir Launfal and the Knight in Need’, Arthuriana 25.2 (2015) [online]

Katherine McLoone, ‘Strange Bedfellows: Politics, Miscegenation, and Translatio in Two Lays of Lanval’, Arthuriana 21.4 (2011) [online]

Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan

M. Chinca, Tristan, 1997

N. Thomas, Tristan in the Underworld, (Edwin Mellen)

C.S. Jaeger, Medieval Humanism in Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan and Isolde

A. Stevens & R. Wisbey eds. Gottfried von Strassburg and the Medieval Tristan Legend, Brewer, 1990

W.T.H. Jackson, The Anatomy of Love – The Tristan of Gottfired von Strassburg, 1971

Joan T. Grimbert ed. Tristan and Isolde: A Casebook (Routledge, 2002)

Will Hasty ed. A Companion to Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan (Camden House, 2002)

A.M. Rusmussen, ‘Es ist ir garet von mir’ Queen Isolde and Princess Isolde in Tristan and Isolde’, in Fenster, Arthurian Women, 1996 (also, see above)

J.R. DiLeo, ‘The Divine Structure of Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan: God, Transcendence and Coincidentia oppositorum’, Tristania, 16 (1995)

P. Meister, ‘Wounds and Healing in Gottfried’s Tristan’, Tristania, 13 (1987-8)

J.A. Schultz, ‘Clothing and Disclosing: Clothes, Class and Gender in Gottfried’s Tristan’, Tristania, 17 (1996)

A.Closs, ‘The Love Potion as a Poetic Symbol in Gottfried’s Tristan’, in Stevens & Wisby, GvS and MTL (1990) (also, see above)

M. Wynn, ‘Gottfried’s Heroine, in Stevens & Wisby, GvS and MTL (1990) (see above).

M. Batts, ‘The role of King Marke in Gottfried’s Tristan – and elsewhere’, in Stevens & Wisbey, GvS & MTL, (1990)

T. Kerth, ‘Marke’s Royal Decline’, in Stevens & Wisbey, GvS & MTL, (1990)

P.W. Tax, ‘Wounds and Healings: Aspects of Salvation and Tragic Love in Gottfried’s Tristan’, in Stevens & Wisbey, GvS & MTL (1990)

M. Borwn & C.S. Jaeger, ‘Pageantry and Court Aesthetic in Tristan: the Procession of the Hunters’, in Stevens & Wisbey, GvS & MTL (1990).

Middle English Gawain Romances

* Dalrymple, Roger, ‘Gawain in Middle English Romances’, in Fulton, Companion to Arthurian Literature, 2009.

* Hahn, Thoman, ‘Gawain and popular Chivalric Romance in Britain’, Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance, ed. R.L. Kruger, 2000.

* Raymond H. Thompson & Keith Busby eds. Gawain: A Casebook (Routledge, 2005)

W.R.J. Barron, The Arthur of the English (2001), ch.6.

Roger Loomis, Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages, pp. 480-520.

Colleen Donnelly, ‘Aristocratic Veneer and the Substance of Verbal Bonds in The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell and Gamelyn’, Studies in Philology 94.3 (1997)

Sheryl L. Forste-Grupp, ‘A Woman Circumvents the Laws of Primogeniture in The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell’, Studies in Philology 99.2 (2002)

Rebecca A. Davis, ‘More Evidence for Intertextuality and Humorous Intent in The Weddynge of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnel’, The Chaucer Review 35.4 (2001)

Karen Hunter Trimnell, ‘“And Shold Have Been Oderwyse Understond”: The Disenchanting of Sir Gromer Somer Joure’, Medium Ævum 71.2 (2002)

Sandy Feinstein, ‘Longevity and the Loathly Ladies in Three Medieval Romances’, Arthuriana 21.3 (2011)

Sean Pollack, ‘Border States: Parody, Sovereignty, and Hybrid Identity in The Carl of Carlisle’, Arthuriana 19.2 (2009)

Leah Haught, ‘Ghostly Mothers and Fated Fathers: Gender and Genre in The Awntyrs off Arthure’, Arthuriana 20.1 (2010)

Brett Roscoe, ‘Reading the Diptych: The Awntyrs off Arthure, Medium, and Memory’, Arthuriana 24.1 (2014)

Andrew R. Walkling, ‘The Problem of ‘Rondolesette Halle’ in The Awntyrs off Arthure’, Studies in Philology 100.2 (2003)

Rosamund Allen, ‘Place-Names in The Awntyrs Off Arthure: Corruption, Conjecture, Coincidence’, in Bonnie Wheeler, ed. Arthurian Studies in Honour of P.J.C. Field (2004) [online]

The Grail Legend

* Richard Barber, The Holy Grail, (Allen Lane, 2004).

* D.B. Mahoney (ed.) The Grail. A Casebook (2000)

* Carol Dover ed. A Companion to the Lancelot-Grail Cycle (Brewer, 2003)

* P. Matarasso,The Redemption of Chivalry: A Study of the Queste del Saint Graal (1979)

* W.W. Kibler (ed.), The Lancelot-Grail Cycle: Text and transformations, 1994

Norris J. Lacy, E. Jane Burns, Carol Chase, Lancelot-Grail: The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation (Garland, 1992), 4 vols.

Norris J. Lacy ed. The Lancelot-Grail Reader: selections from the Medieval French Arthurian cycle (Garland, 2000)

D.D.R. Owen, The Evolution of the Grail Legend, 1968

R. Cavendish, King Arthur and the Grail: The Arthurian Legends and their Meanings, 1980

E.Jung & M-L Von Franz, ‘The Central Symbol of the Legend. The Grail as Vessel’, in Mahoney, The Grail (2000)

J.P. Traxler, ‘Dying to get to Sarras. Perceval’s Sister and the Grail Quest’, in Mahoney, The Grail (2000)

L.N. De Looze, ‘A Story of Interpretations. The Queste del Saint Graal as Metaliterature’, in Mahoney, The Grail (2000)

M.R. Wright, ‘Designing the End of History in the Arming of Galahad’, Arthuriana 5 (1995)

E.J. Burns, ‘Devilish Ways: Sexing the Subject in the Queste del Saint Graal’, Arthuriana 8 (1998)

R. Rossignal, ‘The Holiest Vessel: Maternal Aspects of the Grail’, Arthuriana 5 (1995)

K.M. Talarico, ‘Romancing the Grail. Fiction and Theology in the Queste del Saint Graal’, in P. Meister (ed.) Arthurian Literature and Christianity (1999)

M.B. Shichtman, ‘Politicizing the Ineffable. The Queste del Saint Graal and Malory’s Tale of the Sankgreal’, in M.B. Shichtman & J.P. Carley (eds.) Culture and the King. The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend (1994)

Bonnie Wheeler, ed. Arthurian Studies in Honour of P.J.C. Field (2004) [online]

Joseph Goering, The Virgin and the Grail: Origins of a Legend (2005)

Ben Ramm, A Discourse for the Holy Grail in Old French Romance (2012) [online]

Lisa Cooper, ‘Bed, Boat, and Beyond: Fictional Furnishing in La Queste del Saint Graal’, Arthuriana 15.3 (2005)

F.W. Locke, The Quest for the Holy Grail: a literary study of a 13th century French Romance, 1960

R.S. Loomis, The Grail: from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol, 1963

C. Morse, The Pattern of Judgement in the Queste and Cleanness, 1978

Emma Jung & M-L. von Franz, The Grail Legend, (tr. Andrea Dykes), 1971