Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 18 – The Sword in the Stone
Today’s story is a throwback to the world of medieval England, and legendary deed of King Arthur. The Sword in the Stone is the story of how it all began!
So much of Arthurian legend is familiar to us – his father Uther Pengragon and his conception at Tintagel, characters in his story such as Merlin, Mordred, Guinevere and Lancelot, his sword Excalibur, and his final resting place at Avalon.
Arthur would have lived around 500-600BC, which is called The Dark Ages because so little is known of this time.
The earliest writings about Arthurs life are (probably) by a monk called Geoffrey of Monmouth about 600 years later, and concentrated on his defence of the land against the Saxon invasion of England.
A French writer around the same time, Chretien de Troyes, added romantic details to the legend, such as the search for the Holy Grail, and the stories of other Knights of the Round Table.
This episode is dedicated to everyone who loves the stories of Arthur, and the cast of the 2017 Treehouse summer show: “Arthur, King of the Britons” – Darren Matthews, Celia Muir and Ben Lindsey-Clark
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