Ask them what they think the single most important factor was in the fall of the Round Table.
I could go on about this for ages and I’d rather just link you to my book… but that would be self-serving. Instead, I’d just casually mention that the fall of the Round Table is the chivalric ideal itself.
After the wars are won, the Table Knights fall into what T.H. White refers to as ‘games mania.’ They have nothing to fight for because the wars are over and the knights inevitably begin to fight each other. The battle against Mordred could have been against anyone. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s Arthur’s inbred son, jealousy amongst the knights, the Lancelot/Guinevere affair—which is of later tradition—or any of that; eventually, someone would prevent the eternal peace of Arthur’s kingdom because we, as humans, are flawed. The chivalric ideal is a concept that cannot be maintained without an outlet for the knights’ inherent violence and the imperfection of human nature.
In which Draco and Harry dress a little too quickly after a meeting
I don’t even ship it and this is awesome
the x-files did it first
'The actual term “shipping” was derived by internet fans of the TV show The X-Files, who believed the two main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, should be or were engaged in a romantic relationship. They called themselves “relationshippers,” or “shippers” for short.' - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping_(fandom)
What a great message. I wish all characters were this nice. Does anyone know what this is from?
this is Joff Baratheon, from Game of Trones. He’s actually one of the only truly likeable characters in the series - he gets onto the throne way too young but makes a really good go of being a fair and kind ruler. He has a relationship with a girl earlier that’s not this one but due to circumstances that are spoilers, they have to split up and he deal with it in a really mature inspiring way that you don’t get to see much in TV shows these days. Here he is at his wedding to this new girl, Maegery, and it’s one of the most beautiful episodes of the show so far, actually.
LAUGHING SO HARD RN
You wrote: "I specialize in the reinvention of medieval literature—primarily Arthurthian—in the early twentieth century, but I teach a variety of courses, including composition, Shakespeare, and medieval literature. :)" I'm a SF fan. However, I've been trying read a good Arthurthian novel. But I don't know which to pick. Suggestions?:)
I am also a Scifi fan. :) I’m on the second Dune Legends books right now (The Machine Crusade) ♥.
RiddleRose has put together a nice list of King Arthur texts.
I’ve studied and enjoyed the really really old stuff and that’s a great place to go back to after reading something more modern. For earlier texts, the works of Chrétien de Troyes are a great read as well as the Welsh Mabinogian. For modern, my favourite is T. H. White’s tetralogy The Once and Future King. I would also recommend Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence, but that series is not focused on Arthur himself.
White writes his novels satirically with many anachronisms thanks to Merlyn who lives his life backward, but the message is so wonderful! Cooper, a former student of C. S. Lewis, writes in a way similar to Lewis and has more basis in Welsh legends of Arthur.
I did enjoy Marion ZImmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, but it is a feminist revisionist version of the tales (albeit SO MUCH BETTER than Rosalind Mile’s Guenevere trilogy, which you ought to avoid at all costs), so you would want to keep that in mind. Definitely check out RiddleRose’s list and if you have any questions about those texts, let me know.
Also, be sure to check out http://fuckyeaharthuriana.tumblr.com/
Want me to ruin your favourite fairytale or folktale and possibly scar you for life??
RT yf ye wisshe for Kyng Arthur to wake yn Glastonburye and do a couple of settes of folke songes at the festival.