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History - A History of the Legend of King Arthur - Online Live

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
13:00 - 15:00
4 weeks

The aim of this course is to learn about the history surrounding the romantic legends of King Arthur of Camelot and his band of warrior knights. We will examine the literature for any possible links to actual people, places and events and we will consider the historical setting of the publication, in 1485, of the most popular and well-known version of the stories,Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur. We will consider Malory’s life and the inspiration behind his work and look forwards to the 19th century re-visiting of the subject in the works of, particularly, Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites. What made these stories so popular in English culture and why are they so enduring?
By the end of this course:
All students should be able to identify and describe one or more of the characters featured in the mediaeval Le Morte d’Arthur.
Most students should be able to describe and discuss one or more of the factors that contributed to Malory’s first publication of the work.
Some students should be able to debate the reasons for the enduring longevity of these stories and their place in English cultural history.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

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How will I be taught?

You will be taught with a variety of teaching methods, tutor discussion, peer discussion, group work. You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Pla

What do I need to have with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social history, you may wish to bring note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a variety of History courses please visit our website

What do I need to join the course

No previous knowledge required., , You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/114074/M/LC.