Monday, July 26, 2021

Micro Mention "Medieval Myths & Mysteries"

Dorsey Armstrong

I once referred to the medieval period as the dark ages, which isn’t super relevant to this course “Medieval Myths & Mysteries” by the Great Courses, but I remember Dorsey Armstrong saying once not to do that, and I’ve guilt-wracked ever since.

On a more serious note, even though this is one of the shorter courses, it's got a lot to offer. I especially liked lecture 4 on King Arthur because you'd be hard-pressed to find any other figure than the legendary King of England, who is more mythologized. Whether or not there ever was a historical figure that the legend is based on is endlessly debatable. In any case, if he did exist, a lot of the stories attributed to him are embellished, and the best candidates lived in a time before a lot of the pageantry of kingship existed in England as we know it.

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