The Achievement of the Grail / Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Is the Grail the chalice from the Last Supper – or the Crucifixion? Does it contain the elixir of life? Or is it Mary Magdalene's womb?
A forensic dig into early British history means we can finally understand the heroes and stories that created a composite king.
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Guy Ritchie's blokey remake of the Arthur legend fails to establish any kind of coherent narrative.
Somehow the sword Excalibur becomes the central character in this laddish remake of the Arthurian legend.
Vortigern (Jude Law) addresses the crowd in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Safehouse Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an at times thrilling, at times bizarre, viewing experience that blends classic English myth with a gangster aesthetic.
Historic heroes like King Arthur have helped audiences through the ages to cope with troubling times.
How true is the ‘true’ story of King Arthur?
Did King Arthur really exist? We don’t know but the Arthur we all know and love is entirely fictional.
Guenevere in May, Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur, abridged ed. Alfred W. Pollard, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, 1917.
Bangor University Library Rare Book Collection
We just can't have enough of all things Arthurian – the legend and its many possible permutations never cease to fascinate.