“‘The king o fairy with his rout’: Fairy Magic in the Literature of Late Medieval Britain”
Hortulus, Vol. 4, No. 1, (2008)
This article explores the presentation of fairy creatures in a selection of Middle English and Anglo-Norman romance texts. Through an examination of the mechanisms of identity construction revealed in Sir Launfal, Sir Degaré, Sir Orfeo, as well as Marie de France’s Lanval and Yonec, the author argues that, whereas human identity is constituted in flux and transformation, fairy identity exists in permanence and stasis, an inert catalyst for human development.