Elspeth Kennedy (6 August 1921 – 10 March 2006), or Elspeth Mary Kennedy was a modern Arthurian scholar.
She is mainly noted for her editing of what she called the non-cyclic Lancelot which she believed to be the earliest surviving form of the Prose Lancelot in which Lancelot was in no way connected to the history of the Holy Grail.
Alexandre Micha and some other medieval scholars disagree with her assessment.
The word “non-cyclic” is somewhat misleading. Kennedy meant by it that the shorter version of the Prose Lancelot: Galehot|Galehot was not intended to lead into the later sections of the Prose Lancelot, not that it may not have been congruent to early oral Lancelot tales that might be considered a cycle.
- Kennedy, Elspeth (Ed.) (1980). Lancelot Do Lac: the Non-Cyclic Old French Prose Romance (2 vols.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-812064-3
- Translated into modern French:
- Translated into modern English (abridged edition):
- Corley, Corin (Trans.) (1989). Lancelot of the Lake. Oxford: University Press. ISBN 0-18-283793-1
- Kennedy, Elspeth (1986). Lancelot and the Grail: A study of the prose Lancelot. Oxford: University Press. ISBN 0-19-815811-4