Arthurian Romances 12th & 13th Centuries (Audio: Lecture III.2.4)
The field of ritual is the field of the arts. It is in the field of the arts that one has the possibility of participating in mythic, visionary images, and absorbing them. — Joseph Campbell
In this talk, recorded in 1976 at the Theatre for the Open Eye, Joseph Campbell gives a fascinating, lively overview of the history of the development of the Arthurian Romances of the High Middle Ages. From the Arthur legend’s Roman roots, through Gawain and the Green Knight and the stories of the search for the Holy Grail, to Mallory’s great compendium Le Morte d’Arthur, Campbell leads us through the birth and evolution of one of Europe’s greatest literary and mythic traditions.
This lecture is cataloged in the Joseph Campbell Archive as L0615.