King Arthur: the history and the legend

Ref: C2226854

A look through the various myths, legends and historical theories behind Britain's favourite king and his family and friends, trying and failing to distinguish serious history from enjoyable fiction, since every single historian has had an agenda behind their writing, and many writers of "fiction" on the subject have been serious historians playing "what if?" with a theory that they don't quite have enough evidence to support. Arthur is a wonderful support for propaganda, and we will look at how this has been used. We will look at sources from Latin and Brythonic written at the time through the classic works of literature and fiction to films, and with a brief dive into archaeology. No prior knowledge of any of these things is required.

Additional information about this course

half term dates tbc

Course aim

A look through the various myths, legends and historical theories behind Britain's favourite king and his family and friends.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the historical evidence for "King Arthur"
  • Have an overview of the "classical" works of Arthurian fiction
  • Understand how the legend of Arthur has been used as a propaganda tool throughout the ages.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • If you wish to do further work or research outside the class, this will be encouraged, but is not essential

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • I usually email copies of the slides to all learners after each session, so an email address would be helpful. If not, hard-copy can be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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King Arthur: the history and the legend

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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