Arthurian Roundup

William Morris King Arthur and Sir Lancelot

Just like the fellowship of the Round Table, our time here with Arthur and his knights must come to an end. We have a lot more to talk about this summer, and I didn’t expect so much to come out of the Arthurian texts. We haven’t even made it to Hardy and Hopkins yet!

But before we go, let’s look at a few Arthurian resources that can help getting through Malory’s running commentary on tournaments. Hey, I love Malory–he’s great–but every so often I felt like I was awkwardly pretending to listen to a guy wearing a Palomides jersey.

The Camelot Project: Want to read more Arthurian lore, then this site is the place for you. The Robins Library has digitized a large amount of texts. You can read quite a bit of Victorian rewritings of the Arthurian story, like the works of Tennyson and Morrison.

List of Arthurian Characters: Having trouble keeping track of all the different knights and ladies and fairies and knaves? Trying to remember whether you’re supposed to hate Gawain or think he’s the best example of chivalry? Then this is the wikipage for you.

“Taliessin Through Logres”: Gone through the Camelot Project and still want more? Over at the Oddest Inkling, there is a guide through Charles Williams’s Arthurian poems.

Sarum MissalWonder what liturgy Malory might be imagining whenever he mentions a knight hearing Mass before a long day of chivalric adventure? There were many different local uses when he wrote in the 1400s, but the Use of Salisbury, or Sarum, was one of the most widely spread.

And in case you missed them, here are the posts on Arthurian topics:

Arthurian Time

Imagine Arthur pulling the sword from the stone. What season is it? Do you see snow? Does a crisp winter light play over the stone? Now be honest…is Arthur wearing a scarf? I apologize for channeling a Disney scene, but bear with me. The legend of Arthur is very seasonal. It’s cold when the sword is pulled from the stone because it’s Christmas. More Arthurian Time

Father’s Day Reading

Looking for some reading this Father’s Day? Perhaps you need something that rises above the din of bad Disney fathers or maybe you need some me time before opening up some poorly-wrapped black socks. Hey, we all secretly know we need more socks and that we’ll never buy them for ourselves. Here you’ll find some properly festive readings and some fatherly knights of the Round Table. More Father’s Day Reading

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      • How very kind. I was about to say, sadly it isn’t my parish but then thought that I am not sad really. I get to have a rich pastoral relationship with the parish without the increasingly onerous task of being its vicar.
        What was the relationship between the Book of Common Prayer and exams?

        • Part of my work is on how liturgy influences literature (as well as acts as literature). I have the 1559 BCP on my exam lists (and have to keep an eye on the 1662 one if I want to make an argument about some of the Victorians I look at). Thomas Hardy references it so much, that I have to have it at hand when reading his novels or poems. It features very prominently in Tess in particular.

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