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17 June 2009 @ 07:58 pm
Effect of Arthurian legend on sense of English/Welsh national identity?  
Hi, this is my first time posting in this comm, and I haven't been a member all that long, so if I'm breaking any rules, please tell me and I'll be glad to delete this. :)

I'm writing a 5000 word essay for school and I want to explore either:

a) the effect which Arthurian mythology had on the sense of national identity, both in the medieval era and beyond or

b) how Arthurian mythology affected concepts of kingship (perhaps mainly focusing on the period of the Wars of the Roses).

Of course, the first is a far broader topic, and by 'Arthurian mythology', I would really be cheifly focusing on Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur more than anything else.

This is kind of a large thing to ask, but I'm really stuck at where to begin, so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what I could research, where I could find good information or how to tackle this - frankly rather daunting - question. Or really anything that you think could help.

Thanks so much.
 
 
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Margaretisil_helyanwe on June 18th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was definitely thinking about discussing Henry VII, since he was so keen on emphasising his Arthurian lineage.
Kit: crowleyloki_scribe on June 18th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I, on the other hand, shall attempt to direct you on the first question--- I'd suggest looking into the Welsh versions stories about Owain of the Lion and Erec and Enide--- the ones that were written as the Welsh were claiming the Arthurian legends back from the French, so after Chretien de Troyes wrote his romances, and especially the retellings of those tales. If I recall correctly, for the English, ie Thomas Mallory, it was more a translation of French tales, but for the Welsh it was a taking back and reCelticizing of their legends.

Interesting tale if you can find it. I don't have much academic research and no links on the subject, but if you're looking for an angle. . . .

Good luck!
Cheers.
Margaretisil_helyanwe on June 18th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, I hadn't even considering using that angle... thanks!