The Western Lines

February 17, 2010

In Search of Myths and Heroes – Arthur the Once and Future King

Today on Discovery Enterprise we join acclaimed BBC journalist Michael Wood in the fourth and final instalment of his documentary series “In Search of Myths and Heroes” as we go in search of Britain’s legendary King Arthur.

In this episode of the series, Wood explores the greatest British myth: the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Travelling round the Celtic world from Cornwall to Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, Wood uncovers the extraordinary story of how a shadowy Welsh freedom fighter — a Dark Age Che Guevara — became a medieval superman, and finally the model of a Christian hero.

On the way we discover the real stories behind the Round Table, Excalibur, and the Holy Grail itself, the unattainable, mystical cup of Christ which has inspired poets novelists and film makers from the Middle Ages right down to Indiana Jones, Monty Python and the Da Vinci Code. Finally, in an intriguing piece of historical detective work Michael offers us a tantalizing glimpse of a historical Arthur — but in the unlikeliest of places.

In Search of Myths and Heroes – Arthur the Once and Future King


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