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The death of king Arthur


Literature, Art, Film


This workshop looks closely at different representations of the death of the legendary figure King Arthur in literature, art and film, showing how the episode is used to convey very different messages. It involves close reading of material from Malory, Tennyson, Victorian and twentieth-century visual imagery, film, and modern poetry

Why this is important

King Arthur has been a significant figure in British cultural mythology for centuries. By looking closely at different accounts of his death you will come to appreciate how style, form, and medium are used to shape a story, changing its meaning with every re-telling.

Key Descriptors

King Arthur, Malory, Tennyson, legend

Year Groups

Years 11, 12, and 13


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