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King Arthur: Fact or Fiction

Key facts

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TypeDay and Weekend
LocationNewbury
AddressNewbury College
Monks Lane
Newbury RG14 7TD
Dates Sat 5 Apr 2014
Subject area(s)Archaeology
FeesFrom £60.00
Application statusCourse ended
Course codeE13P175AHJ
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email s-hughes@newbury-college.ac.uk or telephone Newbury College Tel: 01635 845000.

Overview

Out of the Dark Ages that followed the end of Roman Britain came a number of legends. The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table was the most enduring of these. Arthur was a hero who embodied the virtues of chivalry and bravery, who died bravely and who it was believed would return – he was the ‘Once and Future King’. In this short course we will examine the origins of the Arthurian legend, how it developed in the Middle Ages and how it survives today in contemporary media. We will look at the historical basis of the legend and try to determine if there ever was a King Arthur. The archaeological evidence is surprisingly positive in suggesting that there were Dark Age warrior kings living in some splendour and we will see how far that this evidence can be used to support the legend.
We will see how various medieval monarchs used the Arthurian story to strengthen their own positions and how the legend was embellished during the Middle Ages in order to help establish a culture of Courtly Love and Chivalry.
In the nineteenth century poets such as Tennyson and the pre-Raphaelite painters graphically revived the Arthurian romances and they became more popular than ever. In the twentieth century Arthur, Merlin, Camelot and the knights of the round table appealed to new mass audiences through fiction, film and television. What is it that has made King Arthur such an enduring story over the centuries?

N.B. This is a repeat of the course held on 5 April 2014 at Newbury College.


PLEASE NOTE: THE VENUE FOR THIS COURSE IS NEWBURY COLLEGE, MONKS LANE, NEWBURY


Programme details

Being held at Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury

SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014

9.45am The Arthurian Legend. How did it develop?

11.00am Coffee/tea

11.10am How archaeology can help us understand the Arthurian story

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm The Knights of the Round Table and medieval chivalry

2.30pm Tea/coffee

2.40pm The legend lives on. King Arthur in fiction and on film and television

3.45pm Course disperses


No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own.

There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge.


N.B. This is a repeat of the course held on 5 April 2014 at Newbury College.

Staff

Mr Trevor Rowley

Role: Tutor

MA, MLitt, FSA, Emeritus Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford University, Formerly Deputy Director of the Department for Continuing Education, University...more

Recommended reading

Hibbert C, King Arthur, Tempus, 2007
Lupack A, The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend, Oxford University Press, 2007

Scholarships

You may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees if you are in receipt of a state benefit e.g. Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance or Severe Disablement Allowance, (a full list is available on request) or your sole source of income is a DWP State Retirement Pension and Pension Credit. Concessionary fees are limited to 3 courses per academic year and if you are already receiving concessions for weekly classes these will be taken into account. Documentary evidence of your status will be required.
Click here for an application form (Word, PDF)

Fee options

Programme Fee
Tuition only: £60.00

Apply for this course

Please enrol directly with Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, Berks RG14 7TD; Tel: 01635 845555 / 01635 845000 for an application form or enrol online at www.newbury-college.ac.uk using this course code: 97069 - please type this code into the search our courses box or Email: info@newbury-college.ac.uk No lunch is provided, but there is a shop on site where you can buy food and refreshments or bring your own. There is also a large car park on site where you may park all day for no charge. We reserve the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrolments and the decision to do so is usually made 2 weeks before a course is scheduled to run. In such cases students are refunded in full. Neither Newbury College or OUDCE can be held responsible for travel booked in advance.

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