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Wuffing Education

Arthurian Literature

Morte D'Arthu

with Nick Groves

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 8th April 2006

Whether or not he ever existed, King Arthur is one of the most potent figures in British mythology. This day school will examine the origins and development of the myths and legends surrounding Arthur, from the early Welsh sources through to Alfred Tennyson. We shall also examine the Grail legend, which was grafted into the Arthurian cycle in the later Middle Ages.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Anoeth byd bet y Arthur': the early Celtic sources  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 Geoffrey of Monmouth - 'that notorious fantasist'  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Holy Grail  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Changing perceptions: Malory to Tennyson  
  16:15 Close  

About Nick Groves

Nick Groves is a graduate of the Universities of Wales (Aberystwyth; Lampeter), London, and East Anglia. His interests lie mainly in the early mediæval period, and cover language, literature, archæology, art, religious studies, and mythology. He is the Course Director for the Certificates in Mediæval Studies and in East Anglian Studies at UEA, and also teaches a wide variety of other courses.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Alcock, L., Arthur’s Britain [Penguin 1973]
Ashe, G., Mythology of the British Isles [Methuen 1990]
Ashe, G., et al. The Quest for Arthur’s Britain [London 1968]
Biddle, M., King Arthur’s Round Table: an archæological investigation [Woodbridge 2000]
Bromwich, R., et al. (eds), The Arthur of the Welsh [Cardiff 1991]
Clancy, J. (tr), Medieval Welsh Poems [Dublin 2003]
Coe, J.B., & S.Young, The Celtic Sources for the Arthurian Legend [Llanerch 1995]
Coghlan, R., The Illustrated Encyclopædia of Arthurian Legends [London 1966]
Cable, C. (tr.), The Death of King Arthur [Penguin 1971]
Conran, A. (tr. & ed.), The Penguin Book of Welsh Verse [Penguin 1967]
Davies, S., The Four Branches of the Mabinogi [Gwasg Gomer 1993]
Gantz, J., (tr.), The Mabinogion [Penguin 1976]
Green, M. (ed), The Celtic World [London 1995]
Guerin, M.V., The Fall of Kings and Princes: structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy [Stanford 1995]
Jarman, A.O.H., & G.Hughes (eds), A Guide to Welsh Literature, vol 1 [rev. ed., Cardiff 1992]
Jones, G. & T. (trs), The Mabinogion [London 1974]
Loomis, R.S., Arthurian Legends in Medieval Art [Oxford 1938]
Loomis, R.S., The Grail: from Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol [Princeton 1991]
Mancoff, D., The Arthurian Revival [London 1992]
Mason, E., Wace & Layamon - Arthurian Chronicles [London 1962]
Matarasso, P. (tr.), The Quest of the Holy Grail [Penguin 1969]
Matthews, G. (ed), Sources of the Grail [Edinburgh 1997]
Morris, J., The Age of Arthur [London 1973]
Morris, J. (ed. & tr.) Nennius - The British History and The Welsh Annals [London 1980]
Padel, O., Arthur in Medieval Welsh Literature [Cardiff 2000]
Pennar, M. (tr.), The Black Book of Carmarthen [Llanerch 1989]
Probert, W. (tr.), The Triads of Britain [London 1977]
Simpson, R., Camelot Regained: the Arthurian Revival and Tennyson, 1800-1849 [Cambridge 1990]
Stone, B. (tr.), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [Penguin 1974]
Tennyson, A., The Idylls of the King [Penguin 1983]
Thorpe, L. (tr.), Geoffrey of Monmouth - The History of the Kings of Britain [Penguin 1966]
Treharne, R.F., The Glastonbury Legends [London 1975]
Vinaver, E. (ed.), Sir Thomas Malory - Works [Oxford 1971]
White, R. (ed), King Arthur in Legend and History [London 1997]
Winterbottom, M. (tr.), Gildas - The Ruin of Britain and other works [Chichester 1978]


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