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Arthurian Romance: A Short Introduction

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This witty and accessible book traces the history of Arthurian romance from medieval to modern times, explaining its enduring appeal.

Traces the history of Arthurian romance from medieval to modern times.

Covers art and films as well as the great literary works of Arthurian romance.

Draws out the changing political, moral and emotional uses of the story.

Explains the enduring
Paperback, 182 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Blackwell Publishers (first published April 1st 2003)
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Jul 18, 2016 Skye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, academic
Five stars because this was exactly what I was looking for, a brief but well informed overview of the Arthurian tradition from Geoffrey of Monmouth to T. H. White. Unusually for an academic, Pearsall is not afraid to express his own assessment of the literary value of each text, although this comes across almost too bluntly at times - we are never left in any doubt of his love for the Gawain-poet or disdain for T.H. White. If the reader is happy to put aside opinion and generalisation, however, ...more
Rosemary Atwell
Aug 01, 2016 Rosemary Atwell rated it really liked it
A good overview of the chronological development of Arthurian romance, which flags a little towards the end ( or perhaps that was just me ), finishing abruptly with a roll call of films and a nod to 'already too many film adaptations.'

Disappointing, because the early chapters are excellent, with Pearsall in comfortable academic territory, dispensing advice and criticism in equal doses and the chapter on Malory's 'Morte D'Arthur' is indispensable and worth the admission price alone.
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Ty Partridge
Nov 27, 2010 Ty Partridge rated it really liked it
interesting history of the Arthur legend
Robert Vigliotti
Jun 09, 2013 Robert Vigliotti rated it really liked it
Insightful and surprisingly lively.
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