King Arthur’s Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure
Professor Benson’s edition of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and the Alliterative Morte Arthure has been long out of print. Benson’s edition of these important Middle English poems is here revised and updated by Professor Edward E. Foster, taking into account recent scholarship, to once again be available and accessible to students. The romances included here are two of the best, most significant Arthurian romances in Middle English, which complement each other in terms of style and content. While the Alliterative Morte Arthure belongs to the Alliterative Revival movement, replete with details of fourteenth century warfare, the Stanzaic Morte Arthur represents a briefer, quicker-paced, yet more sentimental English adaptation of the French Mort Artu. This edition—with contextualizing introductions, helpful glosses, plentiful notes, and useful glossary—comprises a great introduction to Middle English Arthuriana for students of the Middle Ages.
Preface to the Revised Edition
Stanzaic Morte Arthur
Alliterative Morte Arthure
Larry Benson was a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, specializing in Chaucer and Middle English.
Edward E. Foster was a Professor at Grinnell College in Iowa. He delighted in teaching classes in the Humanities Core, in Old and Middle English poetry, and in the history of the English language.
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