The gentry context for Malory's Morte Darthur


The gentry context for Malory's Morte Darthur

Raluca L. Radulescu

(Arthurian studies, 55)

D.S. Brewer, 2003

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-159) and index



This book sets Malory's Morte Darthur in the context of the political concerns that he shared with the fifteenth-century gentry readers for whom he wrote his book; the author draws widely on their correspondence and readingmaterial, but looks particularly at the political content of contemporary miscellanies owned, commissioned and read by the gentry. She shows how the themes of political governance and royal succession, which are of primary importance in contemporary historical chronicles and genealogies, informed the political thinking of Malory's readers; and demonstrates how debates over ideas of worship, fellowship, lordship, and counselling indicate a process of changes in the gentry's political attitudes and values, their sense of identity, and also their response to the Arthurian story. Dr RALUCA L. RADULESCU is Lecturer in English at Bangor University.


  • The shaping of political attitudes - gentry letters
  • the political interests of the gentry and their "Grete Bokes"
  • gentry values in Malory's "Morte Darthur"
  • counsel and governance in the "Morte".

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