When Georgie Norgate, one of my lovely undergraduate students, approached me to ask if she could interview me for a new student radio show she was starting up, I was flattered. Actually I experienced a whole range of involuntary reactions in quick succession, from horror (I HATE my voice); to curiosity (what’s it like being on the… Continue reading Interview: Arthurian Literature and Legend, Postgraduate Studies, Career Advice
Lavinia Collins. The Warrior Queen (Part One of the Guinevere Trilogy). Not So Noble Books, 2014. £2.99. Lavinia Collins’ The Warrior Queen is the latest in a millennium-long line of Arthurian retellings. This post is part one of a two-part special – part two is an interview with the author. Lavinia Collins’s background in medieval literature is… Continue reading Review: Lavinia Collins – The Warrior Queen (Part One of the Guinevere Trilogy)
Since starting my PhD in January I’ve taken a bit of a break from my Arthurian Tradition series of blog posts because being immersed in fifteenth-century Arthurian literature for my thesis meant that hopping back to the early medieval Arthur felt a bit jarring! But now that I’ve nearly finished the first chapter of my… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Annales Cambriae
Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that 2013 is treating you all well so far, and if not, that you manage to whip it into submission soon. As it’s a new year I’ve decided to do something different. Despite appearances I haven’t time-travelled ahead by four years – I’m not writing this… Continue reading Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…
In this instalment of the Arthurian Tradition I look at the Historia Brittonum and consider how a Trojan migrant, a fatherless boy, an unbuildable tower and twelve pivotal battles merge together in the next stage of Arthuriana in the British Isles. The Historia Brittonum The Historia is a frenetic journey through time and place, written… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Historia Brittonum
You may have noticed that I haven’t written anything in a while. As anyone who follows me on Twitter will undoubtedly be aware (because I went on about it all the time), I handed in my Masters dissertation last month amid a wild whirligig of jubilation, relief and severe sleep-deprivation. Completing that piece of work… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Gildas
Last month I promised to start a new monthly feature on the origins and development of the Arthurian legends (Would the real King Arthur please stand up?, 2nd July 2012). My Masters dissertation has kept me busy these past few weeks, but it is finally my pleasure to welcome you to the first instalment of… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Y Gododdin
Did Arthur ever exist? Who was he? When did he live? What are the ‘true’ bits of the legends? Today a work colleague asked me a question along these lines. I’m known as a bit of an enthusiast about all things Arthurian, so I get asked questions like this more than you’d think. I welcome… Continue reading Would the real King Arthur please stand up?