King Arthur in Medieval Welsh Literature

Sat, 23 February 2019

Arthur is one of the most well-known figures of British legend, but how much do we know about the earliest Arthurian tales and the culture from which they sprang? This study day will focus on the changing figure of Arthur in medieval Welsh literature, looking at texts from the Mabinogion and elsewhere. We will trace the development of Arthurian legend from the earliest poetry to Geoffrey of Monmouth's medieval bestseller Historia Regum Britanniae, which introduced Arthur to the rest of Europe, and the later Welsh tales which took inspiration from French Arthuriana.

If you would like to read ahead for this day, we recommend reading the Arthurian tales from ‘The Mabinogion’, translated by Sioned Davies (Oxford’s World Classics series). However, no previous knowledge is required.

 Tutor: Eleanor Smith, Tutor in Medieval Welsh Studies

Venue: Chapter Room, The Deanery

Date: Saturday 23 February 2019

Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Price: £25

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