Arthurian Historicism Analysis

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The Retelling of Arthurian Historicism
During the beginning of the medieval era, a king was born. He was strong, smart, and a warrior. Until a few centuries later his narrative changed again to fit the needs of the people. King Arthur of Camelot was a figurehead for hope and prosperity to the early European peoples. Through out history there has been speculation about the validity of the history of King Arthur and his court of knights. After the medieval era, Arthurian legend became less prominent and more folklore that history. The people were no longer in need of knights and mythical round tables. During the 19th century, poets took it upon themselves to add different perspectives to the legends. Alfred Tennyson, an Arthurian enthusiast, believed in the monarch as a historical figure and gear his poetry to toward a masculine Christian theme. Much of his history arrived through the Geoffrey of Monmouth and historiography of British monarchs. This belief in a true King Arthur allows readers of Tennyson’s poems to reevaluate his meaning and interpretation of the characters involved including their masculinity, femininity, honorable characteristics, religion, and supernatural capabilities.
Along with Tennyson, Arthur Morris took an interest in the legends of King Arthur. However, his interested were in the untold stories of individuals he felt were ill represented. In his interpretations he adds Victorian cultural undertones to add something to the characters that was not

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