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Arthur A Short Sketch of His Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century   By: (1825-1910)

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In "Arthur: A Short Sketch of His Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century" by Frederick James Furnivall, readers are treated to a captivating journey into the legendary tales of King Arthur. Furnivall skillfully presents an insightful and concise overview of Arthurian lore, highlighting its significance in English history.

The book provides a comprehensive exploration of Arthur's life and the various events and adventures that surround him. Throughout the text, Furnivall adeptly combines historical facts with poetic artistry, giving readers a truly immersive experience. His choice to utilize English verse from the fifteenth century adds a unique layer of authenticity and charm to the narrative.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is Furnivall's ability to capture the essence of Arthurian legends in a concise and accessible manner. Despite the complexity and vastness of the Arthurian mythos, the author manages to encapsulate its core themes and characters, effectively painting a vivid picture of this enchanting world.

Furnivall's in-depth research and profound understanding of the subject matter is evident throughout the book. He seamlessly weaves together different sources, providing readers with a balanced and comprehensive interpretation of Arthurian legend. The inclusion of historical context further enriches the narrative, allowing readers to grasp the societal and cultural significance of these tales during the fifteenth century.

The writing style is both eloquent and engaging, making it accessible to both scholars and casual readers alike. While at times the language may seem archaic, Furnivall provides helpful footnotes and explanations, ensuring that readers can fully comprehend the nuances of the verse. This attention to detail is commendable and greatly enhances the overall reading experience.

Although the book is relatively short, Furnivall manages to cover a considerable amount of material, leaving readers with a strong foundation in Arthurian lore. While some readers may wish for a more exhaustive exploration, the brevity of the book is one of its strengths, as it offers a concise and focused overview.

In conclusion, "Arthur: A Short Sketch of His Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century" is an exceptional piece of literature that successfully captures the essence of Arthurian legend. Frederick James Furnivall's extensive knowledge and meticulous research shine through, delivering a captivating and authoritative account of King Arthur's life and adventures. This book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to delve into the enchanting world of Arthurian mythology.

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A Short Sketch of His Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century

Copied and Edited From the Marquis of Bath's MS.


Frederick J. Furnivall, M.A., Camb.

Editor of De Borron's and Lonelich's "History of the Holy Graal," Walter Map's "Queste Del Saint Graal," Etc. Etc.

London: Published for the Early English Text Society, by Trübner & Co., 60, Paternoster Row. MDCCCLXIV


Preface Arthur Words Notes


As one of the chief objects of the Early English Text Society is to print every Early English Text relating to Arthur, the Committee have decided that this short sketch of the British hero's life shall form one of the first issue of the Society's publications. The six hundred and forty two English lines here printed occur in an incomplete Latin Chronicle of the Kings of Britain, bound up with many other valuable pieces in a MS. belonging to the Marquis of Bath. The old chronicler has dealt with Uther Pendragon, and Brounsteele (Excalibur), and is narrating Arthur's deeds, when, as if feeling that Latin prose was no fit vehicle for telling of Arthur, king of men, he breaks out into English verse,

"Herkeneþ, þat loueþ hono ur , Of kyng Arthour & hys labo ur ... Continue reading book >>

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