The corpus of Arthurian romance
, for Rhys and for most modern scholars of the Dark Ages, ultimately has some basis in history.
Lay women owned copies of Arthurian romances
, although most of the books they owned were devotional (the appendix with its detailed account of romances associated with the male regular clergy further undermines the legend, in part medieval, that women formed a substantial part of the audience for romance).
The heroes of Arthurian romance
depart mounted on steeds or palfreys; the Hobbits choose ponies, sturdy despite their small size, which in any case is more suited to that of their riders.
As Keith Busby has noted, this cycle is "in a sense a summa of previous Arthurian romances
and incorporates many earlier styles and traditions.
Why a copyist working in the second half -- perhaps the last quarter -- of the fourteenth century would wish to draw attention to this fact requires some knowledge of the importance of the Order of the Garter and its direct relation to the Arthurian romance
It demonstrates the multifaceted adaptability of the Arthurian romance
, and the attractiveness of Arthurian romance
not only to the knightly nobility and those not literate in Latin, but also to highly educated members of the clergy.
Jean-Rene Valette takes as his starting point the fact that the merveilleux as present in Arthurian romance
is fragmentary in nature, but he argues that this does not mean that medieval writers regarded themselves as forced to use it uncreatively as a tradition of which they had lost the key.
Chapter C demonstrates how these late romances, in contrast to the classical Arthurian romance
, contain tangible historical references and place the stories in a framework of historical events and known places, not simply to authenticate their fiction, but to perform a variety of functions within a fictional context.
For example, we have all much to learn from the recent work which has been done on the Arthurian romances
of the Low Countries, some of which are of considerable literary originality; research of wide interest to Arthurian scholars has been done during the last twenty years on the reception of Arthurian romance
in Italy; it is also particularly useful to have detailed information on Arthurian scholarship in Spain and Portugal for which bibliographical details have not recently been easily accessible, especially for those who are not working in the field.
As a literary character, the Green Knight of the poem is essentially a clever fusion of the conventional green-habited knight of Arthurian romance
with the knight who can survive the beheading test and perhaps the Green Man who appears on late medieval English roof bosses and misericords,(55) and the Gawain-poet needed only those antecedents to have invented him; but if the poet really was in Henry's service, the coincidence of timing between his other topical allusions and Amadeus' revels suggests that the Count's adoption of a green livery could have provided the inspiration for his invention, or at least furnished a tempting opportunity for another allusion that Henry and his household would recognize.
279-302), which explores the way that cross-dressing can comically assert the masculinity of the great knights in Arthurian romance
Stricker's Daniel, an Arthurian romance
with no known French source, has for a long time attracted critical attention because of its unique status within German courtly fiction.