This meanwhile

New Style. "This meanwhile this good sister stood by the door...Woman's woe with wonder pondering": after aping the 14th century prose of Mandeville, Oxen devotes a paragraph to a style inspired by the 15th century Le Morte d'Arthur of Sir Thomas Malory. A few verbal echoes of Mandeville linger, but the breathless credulity of those tales is now replaced with an air of sober masculine dignity drawn from Malory's narration of Arthurian legends. Similarly, in the following three paragraphs, a few echoes of Malory's language can still be heard, even as those paragraphs engage primarily with 16th century texts. These paragraphs have usually been regarded as part of one long Malory section, but I will argue here that they should be treated separately.

John Hunt 2024

Aubrey Beardsley's 1893 illustration of Arthur meeting the Lady of the Lake in book 1, chapter 3 of Le Morte d'Arthur. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Another of Beardsley's illustrations. 1893. Source:

Another of Beardsley's illustrations. Source:

Another of Beardsley's illustrations. Source:

Beardsley's headpiece for Le Morte d'Arthur. Source: