Mar 19 201522 Live at the Clinton Street Theater: How Arthurian Legend is Like Comic Books

On Sunday, March 15th I had the privilege of introducing one of my favorite movies of all time at the historic Clinton Street Theater, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The organizers of the event asked me to talk about actual Arthurian legend prior to the screening, and I compared the tales of everyone’s favorite mythical monarch with something that I enjoy a great deal: comic books.

The illustration of Camelot below is by Gustave Dore and was made to accompany Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, part of the Arthurian and romantic revival of the 1800s.

Idylls of the King 3

Related Links:

Read Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of England Here.

Read “The Tale of the Fisher King,” the first appearance of the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend here.

And, just for fun, someone made a brilliant modern-style trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.