For as long as there have been human beings, there have been stories. Stories of kings and queens, knights and knaves, peasants and mages, and everything in between have haunted the majority of Western culture since the twelfth century, capturing the imagination of listeners across time and space. One of these legends looms above them all – that of King Arthur, and his round table.
Although his historical veracity is questionable, Arthur’s impact as a folklore hero cannot be denied, appearing as the lynchpin in legends that date back nearly a millennium. No King, living or dead, has had such a long-lasting legacy in the public eye. For the month of September, I had the honor of speaking with Megan Woller, a professor at Gannon University, about her new book, From Camelot to Spamalot, which examines numerous retellings of Arthurian Legend on stage and screen.