The majority of medieval scholars, including roger sherman loomis, argue that the popularity of the arthurian legend in england was therefore on the wane in the latter half of the fourteenth century as a result, the major writers of the period, such as john gower and geoffrey chaucer, refrained from penning anything beyond the occasional reference to king arthur and his court. If you are interested in explorations of fact versus fiction, i recommend the quest for arthur's britain and the discovery of king arthur, both by geoffrey ashe, the quest for merlin by nikolai tolstoy, the grail: from celtic myth to christian symbol by roger sherman loomis. Loomis illuminates a consistent series of parallels between the circumstances of arthurian legend and celtic myth and shows how overlapping stories in the former are based on archetypal forms from the latter. Roger sherman loomis (october 31, 1887 - october 11, 1966) was an american scholar and one of the foremost authorities on medieval and arthurian literature. Roger sherman loomis, development of arthurian romance donald maddox and sara sturm maddox, eds, literary aspects of courtly culture richard moll, before malory: reading arthur in later medieval england.
Stimulating and masterly study examines the evolution of the great mass of fiction surrounding the arthurian legend in western literature — from geoffrey of monmouth's history of the kings of britain and the collection of welsh tales known as the mabinogion, to chrétien de troyes' arthurian. Roger sherman loomis' study of the history and development of the medieval arthurian romance traces themes, motifs, and characters used in arthuriana from their british origins to sir thomas malory. The great arthurian scholar roger sherman loomis is the editor of this splendid 563 page collaborative history that brings together 30 scholars in a vast survey of the entire range of the literature.
Edward i, arthurian enthusiast by roger sherman loomis sir maurice powicke in his fine study, king henry iii and the lord edward, has this to say on the relation of edward i to the arthurian tradition. The following are real places which are clearly identifiable in a text and which are mentioned in arthurian legend and romance as being used by arthur as a place to hold a court in the romances arthur, like all medieval monarchs, moves around his kingdom. Is roger sherman loomis, the development of arthurian romance (london: hutchinson, 1963) for more detailed accounts of the development of the merlin legend and the contro. Loomis, roger sherman ed arthurian literature in the middle ages this is still a good starting place since it contains authoritative (though a bit outdated) essays on the historical references and surveys of the arthurian literature in various languages.
By the arthurian legend, or matiere de bretagne, we mean the subject-matter of that important body of medieval literature known as the arthurian cycle (see arthur) the period covered by the texts in their present form represents, roughly speaking, the century 1150-1250. Arthurian literature description: a survey of the origins and development of the arthurian legend from the earliest chronicles in the sixth century and later medieval french, welsh, irish, and english arthurian poems to modern adaptations of arthurian material, including films. Roger sherman loomis believed it was derived from cavalon, a place name that he suggested was a corruption of avalon (under the influence of the breton place name cavallon) he further suggested that cavalon/camelot became arthur's capital due to confusion with arthur's other traditional court at carlion ( caer lleon in welsh. Similar items wales and the arthurian legend by: loomis, roger sherman, 1887-1966 published: (1973) arthurian literature in the middle ages : a collaborative history . Camelot is a castle and court associated with the legendary king arthurabsent in the early arthurian material, camelot first appeared in 12th-century french romances and, after the lancelot-grail cycle, eventually came to be described as the fantastic capital of arthur's realm and a symbol of the arthurian world.
Editorial team general editors: david bourget (western ontario) david chalmers (anu, nyu) area editors: david bourget gwen bradford. Roger sherman loomis was the son of henry loomis and jane herring greene, the great nephew of william maxwell evarts and the great-great grandson of american founding father roger sherman loomis's first wife was gertrude schoepperle loomis (1882-1921), a medieval scholar with whom loomis shared an interest in arthurian literature. Get this from a library the grail : from celtic myth to christian symbol [roger sherman loomis] -- the medieval legend of the grail, a tale about the search for supreme mystical experience, has never ceased to intrigue writers and scholars by its wildly variegated forms: the settings have ranged.
Loomis bases his argument on historical examples involving the major motifs and characters in the legends, beginning with the arthurian legend recounted in the 1180 french poem by chrétien de troyes. King arthur in legend, literature and history stories of king arthur and his knights of the round table have fascinated for centuries - for in every legend there is always a kernel of truth home. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in france, arthurian legend was the primary source of inspiration because arthur had so captured the imagination of medieval and publics (lacy 187. Sir gawain is a fictional character in the king arthur stories, but according to some historical critics originates and inspired from a real knight of 850 in the area of north europe, between legend and oral norvegian orkney islands history.