Let’s Read: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Ch.2)

And we’re back!   Previously, we left off with the giant green doofus wrecking Arthur and company’s lovely banquet. I’m not sure how long it took to cook that meal, but if I was the chefs, I would be pissed. Regardless, the mean, lean, green killing-machine challenged the knights to a ridiculous bet involving blows to…Read more »

New Medievalism Today: Understanding How Late Capitalism Redefines the Past

Over the past few months, I have been busy participating in what has been a crash course in what I vaguely call “new medievalism”, or, neo-medievalism. Vague because the term “medievalism” has a deeply confusing history and is intertwined with everything from linguistics to academic discipline. But, beyond the semantics of what it means to…Read more »

The Televisual Mists of Avalon (Short Review)

Produced in 2001 by the TNT television network, like many adaptations The Mists of Avalon seeks to recreate its source material, Marian Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon series as faithfully as possible. Choosing for a relatively straightforward adaptive process, the viewer will notice many moments from the books presented in an almost perfectly chronological…Read more »

Arthur of the Britons: or, The Young Warlord (A Review)

Let’s take a step back in time to 1975, where gaudy fashion was all the rage and racial segregation still in vogue. Across the channel, you would find a television show called Arthur of the Britons playing on the BBC.  Unfortunately, it was only on air for a couple of seasons before its cancellation. A…Read more »

Sword in the Machine: or, King Arthur in Thailand (A Review)

Guess what? It is another B-Arthurian flick. You know the drill—bad, overly-hammy acting, cringe-inducing special effects, and a plot which is eccentric, to say the least. A film, in other words, only produced to steal some of the spotlight from the Guy Ritchie Arthurian outing[1]. Enter Jared Cohn’s King Arthur and the Knights of the…Read more »