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Volume 2 Issue 12

December 2016

An Analysis of Select Adaptations of the Legend of King Arthur: The Fact behind Fictionalized Biographies
Ms. U. Fathima Farzana, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Sri S. Ramasamy Naidu Memorial College, 
Sattur, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Arthurian legends, being the source of inspiration for writers for many centuries, have very much been overlooked and taken only for their literary meaning. Starting from historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to the contemporary playwright Howard Brenton, writers have turned to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to colour their pages. These writers either praise or satirize the semi legendary King but have failed to grope further into the truth. Metahistory goes beyond the legend and reveals a world of torture chambers, dungeons, feudalism, tyranny, oppression and religious domination — all controlled by Arthur himself. This paper aims to analyse and present some differences in each version of the tale and also reveal the truth behind the glory of Camelot.
Keywords
Arthur; Round Table; Geoffrey of Monmouth; Sir Thomas Malory; Holy Grail.
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