By Siân Echard
This ebook takes a different examine the Latin Arthurian culture, putting authors resembling Geoffrey of Monmouth within the context of Latin histories, monastic chronicles, saints' lives, and different Latin prose Arthurian narratives. putting them opposed to a historical past of the Angevin courtroom of Henry II, the publication introduces a brand new set of texts into the Arthurian canon and indicates the way to comprehend their position in that culture. The unusual works are summarized for the reader, and there are vast quotations, with translations, all through.
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5 But Spiegel is talking about the shift from Latin to vernacular, and from verse to prose. " If Latin is indeed the language of textuality, the language that establishes "prima facie its own authority," 6 then Geoffrey's use of it for what we would call fictional or literary narrative may be part of his subversive intent. However, understood in the context of the practices of court writing, Geoffrey's use of Latin language and historical form may be seen as an unusually well-developed illustration of the duplicitous possibilities of this, or any, language.
7: "Probleme der Erziehung u n d der Politik stehen im Zentrum dieser v o m Humanismus des 12. " Describing Peter of Blois's Epistle 150, Jaeger compares the medieval and renaissance ideals of the courtier: Peter "sees the court service of the cleric justified in terms similar to those which Castiglione was to use: at their best they guide the state and the prince along the path of virtue . . the instruction of kings is a major element of this ideal"; The Origins of Courtliness, p . 84. Bumke, Courtly Culture, cites the c o m m o n opposition of just and unjust kings in the mirrors for princes, p p .
If Latin is indeed the language of textuality, the language that establishes "prima facie its own authority," 6 then Geoffrey's use of it for what we would call fictional or literary narrative may be part of his subversive intent. However, understood in the context of the practices of court writing, Geoffrey's use of Latin language and historical form may be seen as an unusually well-developed illustration of the duplicitous possibilities of this, or any, language. Spiegel sees the vernacular Arthurian romance as a break from the demands of textual truth: "No longer at the service of historical or religious truth, Arthurian romance inscribes itself as a 3 4 5 6 Suzanne Fleischman, "On the Representation of History and Fiction in the Middle Ages," History and Theory 22 (1983), 280.
Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition by Siân Echard