Abstract

The Alliterative Morte Arthure poet has revised his sources to create a poem that tells two stories of King Arthur and his conflict with Rome: the first, dominant, narrative is emphatically martial; the second, latent, narrative suggests peaceful alternatives to Arthur's warlike actions. The presence of this second narrative that functions as a critique of the king's actions becomes clear with the appearance of Arthur's sword Clarent in Mordred's hand, a moment unique in the Arthurian tradition.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1832-8334
Print ISSN
0313-6221
Pages
pp. 81-101
Launched on MUSE
2008-10-25
Open Access
No
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