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Geoffrey of Monmouth and the feminist origins of the Arthurian legend

Author: Fiona Tolhurst
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Series: Studies in Arthurian and courtly cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In this study, Fiona Tolhurst offers the first feminist analysis the Arthurian section of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain and his Life of Merlin. It argues that Geoffrey's history presents the marriage of Queen Igerna and King Uther as founded upon both love and equality, Igerna and Uther's daughter Anna as a pivotal figure in British history, and Queen Ganhumara as King Arturus's partner in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Named Person: Geoffrey, of Monmouth Bishop of St. Asaph; Geoffrey, of Monmouth Bishop of St. Asaph; Wace; Layamon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Tolhurst
ISBN: 9781403965431 1403965439
OCLC Number: 794176306
Description: x, 196 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Arthurian section as feminist legend --
Complicating and undermining feminist legend in Le roman de Brut --
Displacing feminist legend in Layamon's Brut --
Geoffrey of Monmouth's Life of Merlin as feminist text.
Series Title: Studies in Arthurian and courtly cultures.
Responsibility: Fiona Tolhurst.
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"In this study, Fiona Tolhurst offers the first feminist analysis the Arthurian section of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain and his Life of Merlin. It argues that Geoffrey's history presents the marriage of Queen Igerna and King Uther as founded upon both love and equality, Igerna and Uther's daughter Anna as a pivotal figure in British history, and Queen Ganhumara as King Arturus's partner in power. In addition, the Merlin poem introduces a Morgen who possesses powers that Merlin does not, and a Ganieda who replaces Merlin as the prophet of the Britons"--

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