King Arthur Explore the Legends, Literature, and History from the Round Table to the Holy Grail

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Synopsis

What is it about King Arthur that still holds our attention 1,500 years after he first materialized from the murky depths of history and legend?

Named one of America’s best professors by the Princeton Review, Christopher R. Fee transports you through space and time in search of answers. In his insightful audio course, you will trace Arthur’s path across Britain. You’ll visit such iconic sites as Tintagel, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge in search of physical reminders of this legendary king, his court, and a mighty stronghold remembered through the mists of time as “Camelot.” Traveling across literary and literal landscapes, you’ll search for evidence for Arthur in ancient manuscripts and modern-day archaeological excavations.

Through 24 energetic lectures, you will see how much Arthur has been refashioned for succeeding generations of audiences—first in Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and England, and later across the globe. Like the Knights of the Round Table on their epic quest for the Holy Grail, you will scour recorded history for the true face of the “Once and Future King.” Last, you’ll consider the most popular of the countless books and movies dedicated to King Arthur, his court, and their adventures.

As you explore the unwavering interest in Arthur across centuries of popular culture, you will learn to look behind the façade of all things Arthurian—discerning the factual basis for the man, the myths, and the legends.

This course is part of the Learn25 collection and includes a free PDF study guide.

Chapters

  • Opening Credits

    Duration: 01min
  • The Coming of Arthur

    Duration: 19min
  • Chronicles, Saints’ Lives, and Legends

    Duration: 24min
  • The Battle of Mount Badon and the Golden Age of Arthur

    Duration: 22min
  • The Power Behind the Throne: Who Was Merlin?

    Duration: 23min
  • Tintagel Castle and the Birth of Arthur

    Duration: 23min
  • Glastonbury Tor and Legends of Avalon

    Duration: 23min
  • Plotting Camelot on a Map

    Duration: 23min
  • Arthur in Wales: Stories from the Mabinogion

    Duration: 22min
  • Arthur in France: Stories of Chretien de Troyes

    Duration: 23min
  • Arthur in England: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Duration: 24min
  • The Sword Makes the King: Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone

    Duration: 23min
  • In the Company of the King: The Round Table and the Siege Perilous

    Duration: 23min
  • In Search of Salvation: The Quest for the Holy Grail

    Duration: 23min
  • Legends of Lancelot: Brotherhood and Betrayal in Camelot

    Duration: 24min
  • Witches, Wives, and Wizened Old Crones: Women in Camelot

    Duration: 24min
  • The Fairy Wife in the Court of King Arthur: Marie de France’s Lanval

    Duration: 23min
  • The Road to Redemption: Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale

    Duration: 22min
  • Arthurian Quest and Apocalypse in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur

    Duration: 24min
  • An Arthur for the Victorian Age: Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

    Duration: 23min
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