To me, methought, who waited with a crowd,
There came a bark that, blowing forward, bore
King Arthur, like a modern gentleman
Of stateliest port; and all the people cried,
"Arthur is come again: he cannot die."

"Morte d'Arthur" (1842)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fanni Bogdanow

Bonnie Wheeler recently reported on ArthurNet of the death of Arthurian scholar Fanni Bogdanow. I could not find any official obituary yet, but the Quondam et Futurus wiki has a list of her publications at More to follow as/if it becomes available.

Camelot Project Reborn

The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester has received a new look, the first (I believe) since its formation in the 1990s. The home page and menus have changed as have the design of all the pages. The site's URL has also been altered, and its home page is now at, an alteration that effects the URLs of every page on the site.

Monday, August 12, 2013

King Arhur Forever Reborn


As I've noted on Studies of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, the past few years have been hard ones for maintaining our online presence as I would like, and, in the interests of making things easier on me (and, eventually, you), I've begun a process of reorganizing the activities of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages. As part of the initial phase of this development, I am pleased to announce the formation of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain as an affiliate responsible for our Arthurian-themed publications.

The Alliance will be centered at, thus reclaiming the origin point of our society. The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages began life as The Society for Arthurian Popular Culture Studies, which was loosely incorporated in 2000, through its website, discussion lists and, later, conference sessions. This group was merged into ours in 2004 under the dual leadership of Carl Grindley and myself and its infrastructure taken over. I now propose to begin the process of untangling the two groups once more. The Alliance will immediately take over sponsorship of our Arthurian-themed discussion lists and the King Arthur Forever blog, now rechristened King Arthur Forever: The Matter of Britain Lives, and slowly claim ownership of our two other Arthurian-themed blogs, The Arthur of the Comics Project and The Matter of Britain on Screen. Over time, the Alliance will also absorb the missions and blogs of both The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and The Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia and their respective websites. I hope these change we allow us to better serve the interests of our collective.

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-Founder, The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Founder, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Update AL 30

Just posted online, here are the contents' details for Arthurian Literature 30 (see previous post). Author match-ups (when possible) are provided based on Google searches. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Arthurian Literature XXX 
Edited by Elizabeth Archibald
Edited by David F. Johnson

First Published: 19 Dec 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843627
Pages: 176
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature

Details updated on 03 Aug 2013

Contributors: Richard W. Barber; Nigel Bryant; Aisling Byrne; Carol J. Chase; Siân Echard; Helen Fulton; Michael Twomey; Patricia Victorin.


1 Magic and the Supernatural in Early Welsh Arthurian Narrative: Culhwch ac Olwen and Breuddwyd Rhonabwy (Helen Fulton)

2 How Green was the Green Knight? Forest Ecology at Hautdesert (Michael Twomey)

3 Edward III's Arthurian Enthusiasms Revisited: Perceforest in the Context of Philippa of Hainault and the Round Table Feast of 1344 (Richard W. Barber)

4 Pagan Gods and the Coming of Christianity in Perceforest (Nigel Bryant)

5 Malory's Sources for the Tale of the Sankgreal: Some Overlooked Evidence from the Irish Lorgaireacht an Tsoidigh Naomhtha

6 'Transmuer de rime en prose': The Transformation of Chrétien de Troyes's Joie de la Cour episode in the Burgundian Prose Erec [1450-60]

7 La Rétro-écriture ou l'écriture de la nostalgie dans le roman arthurien tardif: Ysaïe le Triste, Le Conte du Papegau et Mélyador de Froissart

8 Remembering Brutus: Aaron Thompson's British History of 1718