You know the movement to make traditional bad guys good in children’s stories, or to at least give their side of the story. When I was a boisterous oddly serious public school lad, I remember a story that had recast the big bad wolf as a hapless neighbor who only wanted sugar from his selfish … More The Big Bad Wraecca
Just like the fellowship of the Round Table, our time here with Arthur and his knights must come to an end. We have a lot more to talk about this summer, and I didn’t expect so much to come out of the Arthurian texts. We haven’t even made it to Hardy and Hopkins yet! But … More Arthurian Roundup
I’m pretty commonwealthy for an American. I’m a Victorianist, not an Americanist. I get excited about transatlantic interactions like the meeting between Whitman and Wilde in 1882. I even secretly consider Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, my queen as much as my little papist heart can handle. And I have to say, there might not … More Happy Fourth of July!
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
Looking for some reading this Father’s Day? Perhaps you need something that rises above the din of bad Disney fathers or maybe you need some me time before opening up some poorly-wrapped black socks. Hey, we all secretly know we need more socks and that we’ll never buy them for ourselves. On this the day … More Father’s Day Reading
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
I’m still trucking through Malory’s Morte Darthur after a short break last week to read some Anglo-Saxon elegies and William Morris’s Arthurian poems. Malory’s brutal optimism started to wear on me and I found darker poems strangely consoling. But today I’m back and finishing up the grail quest cycle. Since it’s Trinity Sunday, I thought … More Lancelot’s Vision of the Trinity