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Alliterative Morte Arthure. Late 14 th C – northern dialect Focus on war not love. Morte Arthure opens. With a catalog of Arthur’s conquests Notes that Arthur has recaptured all of his patrimony – all the lands once held by Uther Arthur has extended his sway throughout northern Europe

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alliterative morte arthure

Alliterative Morte Arthure

Late 14th C – northern dialect

Focus on war not love

morte arthure opens
Morte Arthure opens
  • With a catalog of Arthur’s conquests
    • Notes that Arthur has recaptured all of his patrimony – all the lands once held by Uther
    • Arthur has extended his sway throughout northern Europe
    • Arthur has rewarded his followers and kin with kingdoms, dukedoms, knighthoods
  • Retreat to Wales to hunt and celebrate Christmas
opening of morte arthure and green knight
Opening of Morte Arthure and Green Knight

Morte Arthure

  • New Year’s Day
  • King at table, just served bread & meat
  • Lucius Iberius “Saluz the as sugett” (Greets thee as subject).
    • Note 2nd informal pronoun, “as subject”
    • Demands tribute

Gawain & Green Knight

  • New Year’s Day
  • King romping in hall; others served first
  • Green Knight greets all politely, asks for host, offers to play “Christmas game”
    • Pays homage to Arthur
roman senators
Roman senators
  • Lines 99-101

Now er they herberde in hey and in osteholden are lodged quickly quarters held

Hastlylywythhende men within theesheeghwallezfriendly high

In chambyrs with chympnesþeychaungenþeirewedez chimneys they their clothes

  • Lines 103-4

Soneþesenatour was sett . . . At þekyngezownebordesoon table

contrast details of feast w arthur s words
Contrast details of feast w/ Arthur’s words

We knowe noghte in þis countre of curious metez

In thees barayne landez bredes non oþerroasts

Forethy wythowytten feynynge enforce ʒow þe more,without feigning

To feede ʒow with syche feble as ʒe before fynde.

arthur kills mordred
Arthur kills Mordred
  • Lines 825-9

Thane fresheliche þe freke the fence vpe rerys

fiercely man shield raises

Brochis hym in with the bronde to þe bryghte hiltys

Strikes sword

And he brawles on the bronde and bownes to dye.

squirms turns

“In faye,” says þe feye kynge, “fele me forthynkkes,

faith doomed (fey) [I think it very bad]

That euer siche a false theefe so fair an ende haues.”

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