Tales of King Arthur


Leaving aside the questions about whether there ever was a King Arthur, let alone where and when he lived, the story of the Once and Future King has fascinated listeners for over a thousand years. It is a truly European epic, drawing many of its finest details from French medieval literature. Thomas Malory in the 15th century gave it a perfect form and language, and yet his achievement was not to invent, but to organize and edit. This talk is all about narrative - the tale of how Arthur became king, formed the Knights of the Round Table, used Excalibur to create his kingdom and took Guinevere as his queen. Here too is the story of the Holy Grail. Finally Lancelot and Mordred destroy the fellowship of the Round Table and Arthur is carried into legend. A great story, and worth hearing again.