From the Round Table to the Holy Grail: A Journey with King Arthur

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Lectures (1 CDs)
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Gettysburg College
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
Audio Download + Subscription
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From the Round Table to the Holy Grail: A Journey with King Arthur

Podcast-style audio course - 24 Lectures (1 CDs)
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Gettysburg College
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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What is it about King Arthur that still holds our attention 1,500 years after he first materialized from the murky depths of history and legend?

An English professor with a host of teaching awards to his name, Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., transports you through space and time in search of answers. You will trace Arthur’s path across Britain: visiting such iconic sites as Tintagel, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge in search of physical reminders of this legendary king, his court, and a mighty stronghold remembered through the mists of time as “Camelot.” You will seek evidence for

Audio Sample:

What is it about King Arthur that still holds our attention 1,500 years after he first materialized from the murky depths of history and legend?

An English professor with a host of teaching awards to his name, Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., transports you through space and time in search of answers. You will trace Arthur’s path across Britain: visiting such iconic sites as Tintagel, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge in search of physical reminders of this legendary king, his court, and a mighty stronghold remembered through the mists of time as “Camelot.” You will seek evidence for Arthur across both literary and literal landscapes, from ancient manuscripts to modern day archaeological excavations.

Through 24 energetic and insightful lectures, you will see how much Arthur has been recast and refashioned for succeeding generations of audiences—first in Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and England, but later across the globe. Like the Knights of the Round Table on their epic quest for the Holy Grail, you will scour recorded history for the true face of the “Once and Future King.” You will conclude your search for King Arthur by considering the most popular of the countless books and movies dedicated to him, his court, and their adventures.

As you explore the unwavering interest in Arthur across centuries of popular culture, you will learn to look behind the façade of all things Arthurian—discerning the factual basis for the man, the myths, and the legends.

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Christopher R. Fee is an expert on medieval literature. He is currently Professor of English and the Chair of the English department at Gettysburg College, where he served as the Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities from 2008 to 2011. Named one of the 300 best professors in America by the Princeton Review, Dr. Fee has received a variety of honors, grants, and fellowships for his teaching and research.

Dr. Fee has written numerous articles and given presentations and lectures around the world. His books include Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain; Mythology in the Middle Ages: Heroic Tales of Monsters, Magic, and Might; The Goddess: Myths of the Great Mother; and Arthur: God & Hero in Avalon. Fee is also editor of the Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore and the Encyclopedia of Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories in American History. Prof. Fee earned his Ph.D. in English Language at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he was a postgraduate tutor in topics including Old English, Old Norse, and historical linguistics. He is also a frequent visiting faculty member at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen.

Praise for Professor Chris Fee

“Chris Fee is one of the best teachers I’ve ever met. His knowledge of the Middle Ages, and of the Vikings, is exhaustive. I have learned so much from him, and I know all of the listeners will too.”
– Dr. Joshua Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at Rice University

“Chris Fee is a tremendously engaging speaker—energetic, organized, and clear. As his students and colleagues in the academy know, Fee is deeply learned, but he wears his learning lightly. You couldn’t ask for a better guide to the ancient world of Northern Europe.”
– Stephen Harris, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

  • The Coming of Arthur
  • Chronicles, Saints’ Lives, and Legends
  • The Battle of Mount Badon and the Golden Age of Arthur
  • The Power Behind the Throne: Who Was Merlin?
  • Tintagel Castle and the Birth of Arthur
  • Glastonbury Tor and Legends of Avalon
  • Plotting Camelot on a Map
  • Arthur in Wales: Stories from the Mabinogion
  • Arthur in France: Stories of Chretien de Troyes
  • Arthur in England: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Sword Makes the King: Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone
  • In the Company of the King: The Round Table and the Siege Perilous
  • In Search of Salvation: The Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Legends of Lancelot: Brotherhood and Betrayal in Camelot
  • Witches, Wives, and Wizened Old Crones: Women in Camelot
  • The Fairy Wife in the Court of King Arthur: Marie de France’s Lanval
  • The Road to Redemption: Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale
  • Arthurian Quest and Apocalypse in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
  • An Arthur for the Victorian Age: Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
  • Arthurian Americana: Twain’s Connecticut Yankee
  • T. H. White’s The Once and Future King
  • A Dark Age Warlord for a New Age Reader
  • Acting Like Arthur: Camelot on Stage and Screen
  • Avalon Ever After: Why Does Arthur Always Rise Again?

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