In recent years, an increasing interest in the appropriation of folklore by political leaders has led scholars to investigate potential instances where this may have occurred in the past. This work follows that tradition, examining the life and actions of King Edward I of England to determine if there are instances where he is making deliberate use of folk narrative for his own political aims. An analysis of several events discussed by past historians indicates that the king was intentionally manipulating the Arthurian legend, which was highly popular in Europe during the thirteenth century, to justify his claims to authority over both Scotland and Wales, and to potentially bolster his support among the English aristocracy.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Beth Plummer
Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature
Sanford, Rachealle Marie, "Edward I and the Appropraiation of Arthurian Legend" (2009). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 260.