(Ackerman. Round Table, 495) The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table may be just that-a legend. But there are some facts that may prove some of these men actually lived, though not exactly the way they are described in the legend. There is no doubt that the Arthurian Legend still lives in the stories, poetry, and literature of the English and British culture and in many children's books. The books and poems tell about the highest ideals of chivalry, bravery and honesty; romantic qualities that legends are made of.
(“How the Legend Developed”) The greatest contribution to the Arthurian Legend is credited to Sir Thomas Malory. He brought together all the differ... ... middle of paper ... ...er King Arthur stories and Chivalric Codes are still impacting society. Even though people’s first choice of a hero wouldn’t be King Arthur, the legends and tales along with the code of chivalry shaped many of the modern heroes today. The codes are still present and used in practices. King Arthur along with the theme of chivaly greatly impacted not only western culture, but all of society throughtout the centuries and is eveident in life today.
The literature of the middle ages was greatly influenced by the great major leaders of the middle ages which include the Bible, Catholic Church, and the feudal system that was the government system back then. Literature is and always was a great factor in ages and eras. The main point of literature was to write down important information to read later or to write of the great tales of a hero from the time. It often gets exaggerated over time and things change in the story, however, the basic principles remain the same. The kinds of literature that were written back then was often stories and poems about great things their king or queen had done.
Many English poets and writers, such as Edmund Spenser, John Milton, Walter Scott, Alfred Tennyson, and William Morris used Malory's book about King Arthur as a source for their own writing and Richard Wagner based some of his operas on Arthurian tales. King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are not forgotten even today. As of today, there are many films that can be traced to have an Arthurian theme. Works Cited ----------- -Ashe, G. 1986: The Arthurian Encyclopedia (New York) Pages 76-78. -Bromwich, R. 1983: Celtic Elements in Arthurian Romance (Cambridge) Pages 41-55 -Dumville, D.N.
Arthur, King of the Britons, is a literary character known for creating a peaceful Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Some like to believe he is real, and for centuries historians and conspiracy theorists alike have been attempting to find relics of Arthur at places like Cadbury Hill and the Isle of Glass. Though Arthur cannot be proven because he is fictional, he is a very popular subject for authors and screenwriters. Books such as The Once and Future King by T. H. White have been renowned as classics by many, and there had been much popularity found in movies, TV shows, and musicals, such as the film Excalibur, BBC's Merlin, and Monty Python's Spamalot. The legend of King Arthur is a tale known and told by many.
(Schlesinger 73). He created Arthur's court as a gathering place for nobles and courageous lords during the twelve year period of peace between the Saxons and Romans. Arthur's period of transition from reality to romance was long and complex. He was remembered as a hero by the Welsh bards who embellished and added to his legend in their own creative way. From Wales these tales traveled to Britain and France, where they became popular during the twelfth century through being spread by jogleurs and minstrels who wondered from castle to castle reciting Arthur's stories at feasts.
Many say that Geoffrey wrote Merlinís legendary Prophecy referring to twelfth-century politics of King Henry IIí court. Reality or legend, Merlin is still one of the most prominent and popular characters of Arthurian literature. Merlinís close relationship with King Arthur has led him to appear in a large majority of Arthurís stories. There is also dispute as to whether there was one Merlin or two- in the historical context. The archives of Wales claim that, in fact, there were two Merlins.
As a result of this great work on the Arthurian Cycle by England's Poet Laureate, the story became known to everybody. Other poems, novels and plays in our own time, and almost a rebirth of it yet again in T. H. White's novels, "The Sword and the Stone" and "The Once and Future King" and other plays and musicals and films based on these works. There are Rosemary Sutcliff, Mary Stewart, Marian Bradley, Pat Godwin and others, who have gone off on another line and tried to imagine the Britain of King Arthur as it might really have been. What I have personally ... ... middle of paper ... ... like that than the resplendent kingdom that we see in a film like "Camelot" or "First Knight." Well, of course, you may say I've been rather begging the question here.
The stories of Glastonbury are interesting, but they are in fact just legends to keep readers occupied. Anyone who has heard or read the tales of Glastonbury would be able to depict what is real from what is false. Not just one of Glastonbury’s great legends, but one of the greatest in the world is that of King Arthur. After King Arthur's death at the battle of Camlann, not just Arthur, but also his Knights of the Round Table, became famous in Europe. Like religion, science, and any new technology, the news of Arthur spread quickly following the trade routes.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: An Epic Hero for Modern Times In about 1470, Thomas Malory finished Morte d' Arthur, the first of the many legends written about King Arthur. Even in modern times, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are a favorite subject in movies, books, and plays. Often times this is so because the Medieval Period in general, and King Arthur in particular, have an air of mystery, romance, fantasy, and adventure that are popular themes in all times and cultures. I compared Malory's Morte d' Arthur with Camelot, a movie produced in 1967 that stars Richard Harris as King Arthur and Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere. Camelot covers the period in Arthur's life from when he meets his future wife Guenevere to the beginning of his siege against Sir Lancelot's castle in France.