Anonymous: Alliterative Morte Arthure (2403 words)

Zoë Enstone (York St John University)
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The Alliterative Morte Arthure offers the legend of King Arthur in alliterative verse, a form that is unusual, although not unique within the genre. The work presents a military Arthur who is uncompromising in his approach to battle, whilst retaining his traditional sense of fairness and honour. The Alliterative Morte Arthure reworked earlier Arthurian tropes and narrative and also influenced later works, notably Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur (1470).

The Alliterative Morte Arthure survives in a single manuscript, Lincoln Cathedral Library MS. 91, also known as the Thornton or Lincoln Thornton Manuscript. The manuscript dates to around 1440, but the text is earlier, from the …

Citation:
Enstone, Zoë. "Alliterative Morte Arthure". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2019
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38803, accessed 20 February 2019.]

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