The Arthur of the North

The Arthurian Legend in the Norse and Rus’ Realms

Edited by Marianne E. Kalinke

The Arthur of the North
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Edited by Marianne E. Kalinke

Distributed for University of Wales Press

223 pages | 6 1/4 x 10 | © 2011
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780708323533 Published July 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Arthur legends and literature are generally associated with England and France, where they grew up and reached their full flowering. But as early as the thirteenth century, they had also reached Scandinavia and begun influencing poetry and ballads there. The Arthur of the North explores the circumstances of the transmission of Arthurian literature to the Nordic region, with a particular focus on Belarus.

Norris J. Lacy, Pennsylvania State University
The Arthur of the North is a most impressive accomplishment. Marianne E. Kalinke and her collaborators, superior scholars all, have thoroughly examined and presented a geographical and cultural area that all Arthurians know about but that very few know well. The chapters are uniformly excellent—unpretentiously authoritative and invariably clear and accessible. This is an entirely worthy addition to the series of Arthurian volumes that will long stand as the best, and perhaps final, word on the evolution of the Arthurian legend through the ages.”
Kirsten Wolf, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 “The Arthur of the North, superbly edited, is a treasure trove of solid, stimulating and insightful articles on Arthurian romance. In ten chapters, an international team of eight experts on the topic treat no only translations of courtly romances and indigenous narratives composed in the wake of the translations, but also Arthurian influence on other medieval Scandinavian literary works. Much ground, many centuries, and a huge geographical are from Iceland in the west to the realm of the Rus’ in the east are covered in this fascinating volume, which is a joy to read and a pleasure to learn from.”
Theodore M. Andersson, Indiana University
 “This valuable book rescues the Arthurian narratives of medieval Scandinavia from their sometimes marginalized status in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic studies. A team of eight experts and experienced scholars have assembled ten chapters covering all facets of these texts with an admirable up-to-date and well balanced account of both the philological and literary issues, including such underpublicized matters as Arthurian echoes in the Icelandic sagas, the late ballad versions and the Slavic analogues. The book will serve both as a summation of earlier scholarship and as a platform for future research. It is full and detailed enough to serve scholars and accessible enough to appeal to general readers.”
Shaun F. D. Hughes | Arthuriana

“[These articles] are all first rate contributions. . . . [Arthur of the North] is essential reading not only for those interested in comparative Arthurian studies, but also for those who have any interest in medieval Scandinavian literature.”

 

Contents
Preface
      Ad Putter
Introduction
      Marianne E. Kalinke

1. The Introduction of the Arthurian Legend in Scandinavia
      Marianne E. Kalinke
2. Sources, Translations, Redactions, Manuscript Transmission
      Marianne E. Kalinke
3. Breta sögur and Merlínússpá
      Stefanie Gropper
4. The Tristan Legend
      Geraldine Barnes
5. The Translated Lais
      Carolyne Larrington
6. The Old Norse-Icelandic Transmission of Chrétien de Troyes’s Romances: Ívens saga, Erex saga, Parcevals saga with Valvens þáttr
      Claudia Bornholdt
7. The Old Swedish Hærra Ivan Leons riddare
      William Layher
8. Arthurian Echoes in Indigenous Icelandic Sagas
      Marianne E. Kalinke
9. Arthurian Ballads, rímur, Chapbooks and Folktales
      M. J. Driscoll
10. Arthurian Literature in East Slavic
      Susana Torres Prieto

General Bibliography
      Marianne E. Kalinke
Index of Manuscripts
General Index
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