La Mort Artu

La Mort Artu represents the last branch of the five-part Lancelot-Grail cycle. This episode recounts Arthur’s discovery of the adulterous relationship between Lancelot and Guinevere,  and Arhtur’s own death at the hand of his son, Modred.

Among the six surviving witnesses to La Mort Artu created in Italy, all of them except one appear in Arthurian miscellanies. The Chantilly manuscript, which has La Mort Artu as its only text, also includes ample space for more material, suggesting that the manuscript was left unfinished.

For greater clarification on the Lancelot-Grail cycle, see the Lancelot-Grail Project.

Manuscripts

Chantilly, Musée Condé, ms. 649
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 189 (13th)
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawl.D.874 (end of 14th)
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 340 (end of 14th to first half of 15th)
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 343 (1380-1385) Pavia or Milan
Modena, Biblioteca Estense, α.L.9.30 (13th c.)