King Arthur and the Holy Grail

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    King Arthur and the Holy Grail

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, European Studies, Literature, Religion

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    King Arthur and the legends surrounding him are known from medieval times throughout western Europe, but his origin is as a Welsh folk hero. The module traces the earliest development of the Arthurian legend from its Welsh beginnings, looking at our earliest sources to bear witness to Arthur (from Wales in the ninth to the eleventh centuries), and considers how this hero from a far western-European culture became famous throughout the world. The Celtic origin of the theme of the Holy Grail is examined as well as the way it became represented and adapted in later literature and culture. The Welsh origin of the character of Merlin the Magician will also be studied. Original sources in translation will form the basis of the study of all these themes.
    Learning outcomes:
    -Knowledge of the earliest sources for ?King? Arthur.
    -Knowledge of the origins of the Arthur legend.
    -Knowledge of the Celtic roots of the Grail legend.
    -Knowledge of the way the originally local Welsh hero became o familiar literary figure throughout Europe and the world.
    -Critical understanding of the way the legends were interpreted and reinterpreted in successive periods by different cultures.

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