Students in my current Intro to Lit and Writing class were shocked at the violent and cruel King Arthur as depicted in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the King’s of England. This is not the lofty, idealistic King Arthur of Camelot that has come down to us in the 21st century. How did that change happen?
One link between the ancient and the modern version is the massive prose work written by Sir Thomas Malory in the 15th century, Le Morte Darthur. How did Malory re-craft the imperial-crazed war monger of Geoffrey’s account?
Read comments from students in my class to find out. Students, post your observation about a specific change that Malory makes to the Roman War narrative via the comment function on this page.