Ein Artusritter im Krieg. Überlegungen zur Namûr-Episode im Wigalois des Wirnt von Grafenberg aus intertextueller Perspektive
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Scholarship has always been irritated by the Namûr-episode in Wirnt von Grafenberg’s Wigalois. The military expedition and the following siege are regarded as alien to the genre of Arthurian literature and have therefore either been criticized or marginalized. This study on the contrary considers the episode as an integral part of the whole work by exploring its intertextual links and relations. I argue that the text uses the earliest Arthurian tradition as a corresponding and opposing background. By invoking Arthur’s campaign against Rome, described by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his Historia Regum Britanniae the protagonist is contoured against the image of Arthur himself. Furthermore, a new dimension is added to the discussion of love and faithfulness by the negative example of Arthur and Ginover. Thus, the third part of Wirnt’s Wigalois proves to be important for the reading of the whole work.