Arthurian Time

Imagine Arthur pulling the sword from the stone. What season is it? Do you see snow? Does a crisp winter light play over the stone? Now be honest…is Arthur wearing a scarf? I apologize for channeling a Disney scene, but bear with me. The legend of Arthur is very seasonal. The sword is pulled from … More Arthurian Time

Sir Monday and the Monks of the Round Table

A curious thing happens in Malory’s Morte Darthur. Arthur’s world is one contemporaneous with the Roman Empire. The Celtic king even conquers Rome, and in Malory’s version, becomes crowned emperor. (Other versions deftly have Arthur called back last minute to avoid any awkward questions about why we’ve never heard of a Roman emperor named Arthur.) … More Sir Monday and the Monks of the Round Table

Trollope’s Warden and the Problem of Medievalism

Rev. Stephen Harding, the warden of Hiram’s Hospital, is a gentle and humble man. He wants nothing more than to continue as precentor of the local cathedral in Barchester, leading the liturgy and filling the church with his voice, within his comfortable position as a beneficed clergyman at the hospital. There he has a comfortable … More Trollope’s Warden and the Problem of Medievalism