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An Author’s Journey: King Arthur: Contexts of Language, Love, & the “Heroic” in High Middle Ages: Part 1 of 2

Carlisle's World: Medieval Romance ("Sir Gawain & the Green Knight," art by John Howe)

Carlisle’s World: Medieval Romance (“Sir Gawain & the Green Knight,” art by John Howe)

King Arthur & Camelot (Gustave Dore, illustration of Alfred Tennyson's "Idylls of the King," 1868)

King Arthur & Camelot (Gustave Dore, illustration of Alfred Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King,” 1868)

An Author’s Journey: King Arthur: Contexts of Language, Love, & the “Heroic” in High Middle Ages: Part 1 0f 2

Good Morning, Everyone!

I’ve been rather busy promoting my Kickstarter project to line-edit & publish “The Codex Lacrimae” trilogy, but yesterday I took a break and gave a guest lecture at a local high school.  A friend of mine who teaches Honors English invited me to speak on King Arthur.

The mostly 9th Grade students have been reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and my friend thought it would be helpful to frame my discussion around themes of language, the “heroic,” and romance in medieval literature & King Arthur.

It’s always an exciting opportunity to meet the next generation of scholars—and, who knows, possibly there’ll be a medievalist, writer, or fantasy enthusiast in the group—and such a moment also gives me a chance to resume discussion here of the Arthurian legend! 

So, for the next couple of blogs, enjoy a free introductory lecture on a favorite medieval legend, framed as “King Arthur & Medieval Contexts of Language, the “Heroic,” and Romance.”

Thanks for visiting, and Enjoy!
A.J.

P.S. There were 8 PowerPoint slides, so here are the first three that give introduction to historical context & comments on the development of Latin & vernacular languages before the advent of the “literary” Arthur!

Carilsle_King Arthur Lecture_1 of 8

Carilsle_King Arthur Lecture_1 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_2 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_2 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_3 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_3 of 8

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi, AJ:

    Such an awesome presentation!!

    Thanks,
    amyrorydoctorwho

    May 12, 2015
    • Hi, amyrorydoctorwho:

      Thanks for the kind words, and hopefully you had some fun learning new things about King Arthur!

      Best,
      A.J.

      May 18, 2015

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