Party Like It's 1469: Dining in Malory's Morte d'Arthur
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Malory's text contains numerous references to eating together: after all, the most central artefact of King Arthur's court is a (round) dining table. In this paper, I will argue that dining functions as a marker for knighthood, community, and refinement: this is particularly clear in the Tale of Sir Gareth, where various aspects eating, cooking, and food marks Gareth's development from kitchen boy to famous knight. This is further supported by other parts of the Morte d’Arthur, especially where the decline from celebratory dining to the dinner where one eater is poisoned at the table signals the break-down of the community of the court.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malory, Tale of Sir Gareth, food symbolism
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32352DiVA: diva2:1044189
International Medieval Congress, Special Thematic Strand: 'Food, Feast & Famine', 4-7 July 2016, Leeds, United Kingdom