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Was Arthur once a Raven? The legend of 'Arthur as a Chough'

Ramsay, Lee 2012. Was Arthur once a Raven? The legend of 'Arthur as a Chough'. Old Cornwall 14 (7) , pp. 19-27.

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This paper examines the earliest attestations of the (now uniquely Cornish) folklore that Arthur turned into a chough. These include particularly Hawker's 1840 poem "The Wreck' and the appearance in Don Quixote. It is suggested that the original folklore was re-delimitated to the chough and originally attributed to the raven, and this idea has some limited folkloric and historic resonance. Finally it is argued that the folklore is a survival from the medieval period when the idea that Arthur would return had a widespread currency across Britain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: raven, chough, cornwall, cornish, don quixote, robert stephen hawker, folklore
Publisher: Federation of Old Cornwall Societies
ISSN: 0472-8653
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 05:03

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