Abstract

Abstract:

I argue that in Malory's Le Morte Darthur, the formal oaths taken before trial by combat are essential for making those trials decisive. Arthur's failure to regulate the oath-taking process before these trials, however, makes them ineffective at producing a clear verdict and ultimately contributes to the fall of Camelot.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1539
Print ISSN
1078-6279
Pages
pp. 20-37
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-17
Open Access
No
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