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 »

Will the Real Merlin Please Stand Up? (A Review)

Originally airing on television has a brief fifty-minute documentary detailing the legend and life of Merlin, I found The Real Merlin impossible to ignore once I found its focus was to deconstruct some of the kookier elements of modern Merlin-worship. So, I sat down, watched it, and boy, did I discover a whole new side…Read more »

A Knight’s Tale: The Medievalism America Deserves

One of Heath Ledger’s breakout hits, A Knight’s Tale is a medieval film for memory—a campy early 2000’s creation, the audience follows protagonist William (Heath Ledger) on his quest to become a great knight. A film which captures great acting, writing, music, and story-telling to combine it with historical anachronism in an always quaint manner…Read more »

Let’s Read: The Once and Future King (Ch.1)

Can you tell that this is an older book? Part of my research demands that I remain up to date on adaptations of medieval texts, specifically of the Arthurian canon; subsequently, part of this means probing the shelf of classics and understanding their place in Arthuriana. As such, I felt it prudent to begin a…Read more »

Once and Future: the 20th Century Arthur (Notes: 30)

A Modernist approach to the Roundtable; however, we will not be discussing furniture in this entry, you will be glad to know. Although the Arthurian legend was a bestseller in the medieval period and continued to fascinate during its resurgence in the Victorian, by the 20th century one scholar remarked that every year since 1980,…Read more »

Wagner and Twain: King Arthur in the Late 1800s (Notes:29)

Diverse examples of Arthuania came into existence in the late nineteenth century. Between Wagner’s stylized German operas and Mark Twain’s anachronistic fantasies, we see the incredible diversity and flexibility of the Arthurian tradition. Wagner felt that music was the most important of the arts and music was a ‘total piece of art.’ He was well…Read more »

The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

What I love about Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series is that, aside from offering a brief glance into hundreds of topics, the quick ‘in and out’ nature of the books, and the miniature formatting of each title, enable an engagement with a topic which lasts long enough for it to impart vital facts, but short…Read more »