Discussion: Arthurian Heroes and the Representation of Men and Women

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Prompt

Malory includes several tales in Le Morte d’Arthur that explain how some of the most important Arthurian heroes are begotten, such as King Arthur and Sir Galahad. How does the manner in which each of these heroes are conceived affect the representation of both men and women in the tales? Be certain to use examples and/or quotes from the text to support your answer.

Guidelines

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Readings

Malory, Thomas. Le Morte d’Arthur: The Winchester Manuscript, edited by Helen Cooper. Oxford University Press, 2008.

  • How Uther Pendragon Begot the Noble Conqueror King Arthur, pp. 3 to 32
  • The Wedding of King Arthur, pp. 50 to 57
  • The Noble Tale Betwixt King Arthur and Lucius the Emperor of Rome, pp. 82 to 94
  • A Noble Tale of Sir Lancelot du Lake, pp. 95 to 119
  • Of Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot’s Son, How He Was Begotten, pp. 281 to 292
  • Of Sir Lancelot, That Suffered and Endured Many Sharp Showers, pp. 293 to 303

Additional Resources: External Links

British Library - Le Morte Darthur: https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/thomas-malorys-le-morte-darthur

English Heritage - Tintagel Castle History and Legend: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle/history-and-legend/

Caerlon - Camelot: http://www.caerleon.net/history/arthur/page12.htm

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