ARTHURIAN LEGENDS AND THE INFLUENCE OF
FRENCH PROSE ROMANCE
The Grail, Lancelot, Tristan and related manuscripts from the British Library
- 52 manuscripts from the 12th to the 16th centuries show the evolution of Arthurian prose romance from Celtic legend, to chronicle, to French prose romance, to Malory’s Morte D’Arthur.
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, Robert Wace, Geffrei Gamar, Chrétien de Troyes, Robert de Boron, William of Malmesbury and Thomas Malory are all represented.
- We have intentionally chosen a mixture of early and later manuscripts in order to illustrate the constant rewriting, expansion, and recombination of material that was a feature of the myth's development.