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The Arthurian name dictionary /
Christopher W. Bruce.
imprint
New York : Garland, 1999.
description
x, 504 p. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0815328656 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Garland, 1999.
isbn
0815328656 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2531907
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
To explore 1,500 years of Arthurian legend for every name associated with that legend is the considerable task Bruce accomplishes admirably. The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, ed. by Norris J. Lacey (1991; updated ed., 1996), while valuable, by design treats only 90 names; Bruce has more than 5,600. He covers names of major and minor characters (Arthur, Gwythyr, Tristan), places, events, and things. Entries are arranged alphabetically and are brief or long depending on the topic. There are many cross-references and an excellent appendix that lists sources, giving author, title, date, a brief description, some keywords, and availability of the text. The entries are fully researched; for example, the nine-page entry on Arthur examines his historicity, explores how the legend developed around him, notes what the texts say were the dates of his reign, shows how they portrayed his character, and describes the insignia he carried and where his grave is located. A very useful work, recommended for most public and university libraries. J. J. Doherty; Northern Arizona University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-11:
Gr 9 Up-Serious students of the Arthurian legends will find this a useful and informative resource. More than 5000 alphabetical entries include the people, places, items, and themes found in Arthurian literature written between the 6th and 19th centuries. The text goes beyond simple definitions, incorporating background on how individuals fit into a particular legend and/or their evolution as characters in the stories. Significant figures such as Guinevere and Merlin warrant several pages. While alternate spellings or names follow the main entries, they are not cross-referenced and there is no name index. A "Source Index" consists of an annotated listing of the hundreds of resources from which the editor drew his material. While some readers may find more detail here than they want, enthusiasts will find that they have tapped into a wellspring of information.-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Booklist, August 1999
Choice, September 1999
Library Journal, November 1999
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A comprehensive reference source for Arthurian studies,The Arthurian Name Dictionaryis a comprehensive encyclopedia of characters, places, objects, and themes found in the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The volume makes available, for the first time, a complete catalogue of these names, drawn from all significant Arthurian sources between Gildas'sDe Excidio Britanniae(the first "Arthurian" source, written c. 540) and Tennyson's nineteenth-centuryIdylls of the Kin(which began the modern era of Arthurian literature) Covers all of Arthurian-informative, detailed, and extensive, The enormous number of characters and places in the vast body of literature called Arthuriana confounds even the most learned Arthurian scholars.The Arthurian Name Dictionarycontains names extracted from over 250 original Arthurian texts. Its pages include information on characters such as Lancelot and Gawain; places such as Camelot and Camlann; objects suchas Excalibur and the Holy Grail; and themes such as the Sword-in-the-Stone and the Beheading Game. Each entry provides a complete, accurate description of the name, including, when possible, the origins or historical basis of the name, and any counterparts with different names in other sources. Major characters and themes are discussed extensively, and their evolution through the series of texts is carefully traced Offers more coverage than previous encyclopedias and dictionaries on Arthurian,The Arthurian Name Dictionaryoutdoes previous encyclopedias and dictionaries concerned with Arthurian subjects by including a far greater number of sources, by including a far greater number of names from those sources, and by discussing each name in far greater detail.
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The Arthurian Name Dictionary is a comprehensive encyclopedia of characters, places, objects, and themes found in the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The volume makes available, for the first time, a complete catalogue of these names, drawn from all significant Arthurian sources between Gildas's De Excidio Britanniae (the first "Arthurian" source, written c. 540) and Tennyson's nineteenth-century Idylls of the King (which began the modern era of Arthurian literature).Covers all of Arthurian -- informative, detailed, and extensiveThe enormous number of characters and places in the vast body of literature called Arthuriana confounds even the most learned Arthurian scholars. The Arthurian Name Dictionary contains names extracted from over 250 original Arthurian texts. Its pages include information on characters such as Lancelot and Gawain; places such as Camelot and Camlann; objects such as Excalibur and the Holy Grail; and themes such as the Sword-in-the-Stone and the Beheading Game. Each entry provides a complete, accurate description of the name, including, when possible, the origins or historical basis of the name, and any counterparts with different names in other sources. Major characters and themes are discussed extensively, and their evolution through the series of texts is carefully traced.Offers more coverage than previous encyclopedias and dictionaries on ArthurianThe Arthurian Name Dictionary outdoes previous encyclopedias and dictionaries concerned with Arthurian subjects by including a far greater number of sources, by including a far greater number of names from those sources, and by discussing each name in far greater detail.

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