Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

The Historia Regum Britanniae is a wonderfully rich work of literature that was passed off as history, unchallenged from its writing around 1136 for about 400 years or so.  It covers over 2000 years of history from the founding of Albion by the Trojans following the events of The Iliad, and continuing through to the Saxon dominance circa … Continue reading Histories of the Kings of Britain: King Arthur by Geoffrey of Monmouth

Arthuriana

It seems that it's not just Joan of Arc who's vying for my imaginative attention right now.  I'm not sure why I felt the need to look this up to verify, but this year and next are "round number" anniversary years, by tradition, for the legend of King Arthur.  According to the Annales Cambriae, 2016 marks 1500th anniversary … Continue reading Arthuriana

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's rapier wit vs. the ills of the un-American world both past and present in the guise of Medieval England. Representing the case for all things un-American is King Arthur himself as characterized in Sir Thomas Malory's La Morte d'Arthur. It's no spoiler to say that Arthur's Camelot is well and truly skewered at … Continue reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain