Rogue Knights: Characterization in Malory's 'A Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake'
Hoyle, Stephen, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Baker, Peter, AS-English-Eng Lit Ops, University of Virginia
This thesis examines Thomas Malory's originality of characterization in his Arthurian work Le Morte Darthur, with special attention to "A Noble Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake." It focuses on Lancelot's interactions with "rogue knights" who abuse their power and prey on the weak. This thesis argues that Malory's changes to these episodes, when compared to the versions presented in his Vulgate sources, present Lancelot as a more suitable exemplar of the chivalric ideal that Malory preaches.
MA (Master of Arts)
Thomas Malory, Malory, King Arthur, Arthurian literature, Lancelot, Le Morte Darthur, Arthurian romance, Middle English