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Malory’s Sandwich

Marginalized Arthurian geography and the Global Middle Ages
WithMeg Roland

This chapter describes how our contemporary Arthurian geographic imagination has marginalized the town of Sandwich largely because it represents a realistic, working town. Reclaiming the town of Sandwich as central to Arthurian geography serves to remind us that Malory’s Arthur embodied English military and commercial ties to an increasingly globalizing Europe. Rather than marginalizing Sandwich, the town is given a prominent place in his “Le Morte Darthur.” A geo-spatial inquiry into the modern marginalization of Sandwich favors a nostalgic, delocalized nonurban geography. In contrast, the fifteenth-century Malory makes Sandwich the point of departure and return for Arthur. Via Sandwich the international connections are made, and England’s position as a world power affirmed.