To end with the question : why did you react and defend the celticity of
I reacted to the understatement : if something is not in the insular celtic
texts = it is not to be equated with something celtic.
It seems (but maybe I misunderstood Mark) in this assertion that since the
Matter of Britain had become a "European literary tradition" it is not
>A connection between Lancelot and any Celtic figure would be made
>possible, if still not plausible, if Lancelot actually could be found in
>a 'Celtic' text. He's not in any of the Mabiniogion tales, nor part of
>the Ulster Cycle (or any Irish Sagas) nor in any of the Saga Englynion from
>early Wales. Lancelot does not appear until 'the Matter of Britain' had
>become a European literary tradition, so to equate him with something Celtic is
>just not on.
>Mark Handley, Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Sharon, you said:
>Marc, no one has denied that elements coming from Continental Europe might
>still be Celtic, but you've yet to say *what* material coming from "the
>Continent" you consider to be Celtic and on what ground.
I thought that indeed it was denied that elements coming from Continental
europe might still be celtic. That is why I reacted.
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