Welcome: The Arthurian Tradition
Description: "I know not if you have heard tell the marvellous gestes and errant deeds related so often of King Arthur. They have been noised about this mighty realm for so great a space that the truth has turned to fable and an idle song." - Wace, Roman de Brut, c. 1155
This WebQuest will explore the legend of King Arthur and its various incarnations in different media over the centuries, from English histories to French Romance to Victorian poetry to modern film and television adaptations. It will do so by providing students with general information about King Arthur as well as links to documentary and film resources such as Arthurian poems and clips of movies about King Arthur. Students will be expected to use these resources to familiarize themselves with the Arthurian Tradition in general and then make a group presentation that describes how a specific piece of Arthuriana fits within that tradition.
Image: Tapestry of King Arthur as one of the Nine Worthies, c. 1385
Grade Level: 9-12
Curriculum: Art / Music
Keywords: King Arthur, Arthurian, middle ages, medieval, T.H. White, Sir Thomas Malory, romance, chivalry, knights, lays, poetry, art, film, television, novels, England, Merlin, Excalibur, tradition, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Geoffrey of Monmouth, The Once and Future King, Le Morte d'Arthur, Chretien de Troyes, Lancelot, Launcelot, Guinevere, Morgaine, Mordred, Holy Grail, Agravaine, Gawain, Uthor, Ector, Marie de France, Green Knight, Fisher King, Monty Python, Percival, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
Author(s): Arthur Bangs