There is just something about the sword in the stone, the knights of the round table, Lancelot, and the wizard Merlin, that have kept us coming back to the various legends of King Arthur for such a long time.
In the last 15 years alone, there have been Hollywood movies, computer games, and other creative re-tellings.
While there is no real evidence to suggest that King Arthur actually existed, the story has been around for centuries and has become the symbol of British history.
Grade Level 7-12 Subject Areas Mythology, World History, Language Arts, Political Science Lesson Objectives Students will be able to: Writing: Standard 4: Gathers and uses information for research purposes Reading: Standard 6: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts Standard 7: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand a variety of information texts.
Thus the image of the courtly king, a leader in both war and times of peace, was born.
However, Arthur was always connected to the realities of those countries, and the times and peoples for whom he was reinvented.
They offer the reassurance that doing the morally right thing is valuable, even if it may bring about temporary defeat.
In the end, virtues and values prevail and it is these enduring features of the legends that have kept them alive in the hearts and minds of so many through the centuries.
Much time passed between these early records and the 12th century’s full-blown accounts of Arthur’s reign – in the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth and the French Chretien de Troyes, the writers who truly made Arthur the legendary king we now know – and he took on a variety of roles.
In the Welsh stories, Arthur remains a warrior, often a foil for other heroes’ path to greatness.