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King arthur in Pop culture

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Cole Guyton

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of King arthur in Pop culture

Arthur gathered knights around him and defeated the Saxons at Mount. Badon
Later resided at Camelot with the knights of the round table
There the knights fought many strange creatures and villains including Morgan le Fay
Searched for the Holy Grail



1. Who was King Arthur’s father?
2. Who were at least 3 of the Knights at the Round Table?
3. Who majorly increased the popularity of the Arthurian Legends in the 12th century?
4. What are two archetypal themes that appear in the King Arthur Legends?
5. What are 3 examples of influences from King Arthur’s tales in modern culture



Influence in British Culture

Popularity of Arthurian Legends increased with Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th century story History of the Kings of Britain
The 12th-century French writer Chrétien de Troyes, added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the story, began the genre of Arthurian romance.
Arthurian Legends were very popular during medieval era, but became less popular in the centuries that followed.
It experienced a major popularity surge in the 19th century and has remained popular to this day.

The half-sister of King Arthur
Bore Mordred in a romance with Arthur
An evil sorceress and temptress
Tries to bring down Camelot for unknown reasons

Morgan le Fay

A prophet and wizard, who gave aid to King Arthur
Was created by Geoffrey of Monmouth
The result of many spinoff stories
Tricked Uther into marrying Ingraine

Merlin (Merlinus)

Son of Uther Pendragon and Ingraine the Duchess of Cornwall
Born in Tintagel
Believed to be based on a real leader
The Tudors linked their lineage and legitimacy to Arthur

King Arthur

Obtained Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake under Merlin's guidance
Later in the story, a civil war broke out between the knights
King Arthur was killed in the battle of Cammlan and his body was set on a river to float to the isle of Avalon
He was treated by three mysterious maidens and is said to rest under a hill with his knights

Arthurian Legends in British and
Pop Culture

Why is the story of King Arthur still Popular?

His story has been told so many times that most people are familiar with it.
It contains archetypal themes. There is love, war, royalty, betrayal, magic, incest, murder, camaraderie, revenge, religion, bravery.
Incorporates the four archetypal stories: The quest, the love triangle, the rise and fall, and revenge.

The Knights of The Round Table

The Story

Son of King Uther Pendragon
Advised to be sent to a secret place by Merlin
The death of Uther
Merlin placed a sword in the stone for the new king to pull:
“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone is the rightwise born king of all England”
Arthur by chance pulls the sword out of the stone

Many adaptations were made in the 21st century, not only in literature
but also in theater, film, television, comics, video games and other media.

Arthurian Legends in Pop Culture

Books that are related to King Arthur:
Many authors reference or allude to King Arthur such as
Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Stephen King: The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
Meg Cabot (Author of the Princess Diaries): Avalon High
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Idylls of the King
John Steinbeck: The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
By: Ryan Sujdak and Cole Guyton
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail(1975)
Excalibur (1981)
First Knight (1995)
Quest for Camelot (1998)
King Arthur (2004)
The Victorian Revival
During the nineteenth century, the general public became reacquainted with the legend of Arthur
The republication of Thomas Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur"
Alfred Tennyson's Arthurian poetry and "Idylls of the King"
Julia Margaret Cameron's photography
based on Tennyson's "Idylls of the King"
About twenty five including: Sir Lancelot, Sir Gareth, Sir Galahad, Sir Kay, Sir Tristram de Loynes etc.
Merlin created the round table, symbolizing the roundness of the universe
British nobility and knights who followed a strict code of chivalry
Loyal to King Arthur
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