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Re: Arthur of Brittany
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1662  Thursday, 18 July 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Jul 2002 10:23 +0000
Subject:        Re: Arthur of Brittany

Following is some interesting information gained when I posted a query
re Arthur of Brittany to the Arthurnet list, of which I am a member too,
and which as Al Magary pointed out, has discussed these things before. I
thought SHAKSPER members might be interested.
Sophie Masson

    From: Karen Jankulak <
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On Sophie's query about Arthur of Brittany:

The name has been taken as evidence not only of interest in the Matter
of Britain but as evidence of a deliberate political statement on the
part of a Brittany newly under Angevin control (with the marriage of the
Breton ducal heiress Constance to the Angevin Geoffrey, son of Henry
II). Caroline Brett commented in passing in her article on Breton Latin
literature that the name might have been deliberately referring to
Arthur's return as an opponent of the Angevins; Etienne of Rouen's Draco
Normannicus has Roland de Dinan write to King Arthur (!) to ask for his
help in his rebellion against Henry II.  In my opinion, whether the name
was merely literary fancy or political symbolism is arguable (see
Michael Jones in the excellent The Bretons, co-written with P. Galliou,
as well as Yannick Hillion), and if it were the latter, what precisely
it was intended to symbolise, and how strongly, also arguable.

Karen Jankulak
Director, MA in Arthurian Studies
Department of Welsh
University of Wales Lampeter

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