By Kylie Murray
Medieval Forum Vol. 6 (2007)
King Arthur’s rule is a complex issue in Malory’s Morte Darthur and the fifteenth-century Scots romance, Lancelot of the Laik. I explore each text’s expression of the late fifteenth-century political mood of the nation to which it belongs through the medium of Arthur’s rulership, and the influence of advisory ‘mirror for princes’ literature. I initially identify the paradigms each text creates of Arthur’s leadership, and then interrogate his response to advice and his execution of justice. In conclusion I postulate a different inflection of the speculum trope by considering how kingship is mirrored in other characters besides Arthur.