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16th Annual Medievalism Transformed Conference

Movement through Arthurian Legend Plenary Speaker: Dr Aisling Byrne 18-10 September 2020 – on-line

Publication date: 10 September 2020

A Special Donation to the Centre for Arthurian Studies: The King Arthur Plates - A Blog Post

On 13 February 2018 the Centre for Arthurian Studies welcomed some very generous guests. Mr and Mrs Rawlinson of Wilmslow kindly donated a special set of plates in memory of Mrs Rawlinson’s father Prof. Roland C. Johnston.

Publication date: 14 February 2018

Annual lecture given by our Deputy Director, Dr Aled Llion Jones

Annual lecture, now in its third year. **postponed until further notice**

Publication date: 20 January 2020

Annual postgraduate conference

The theme of our annual postgraduate conference in medieval studies, ‘Medievalism Transformed’, now in its 16th year, is ‘Movement through the Arthurian Legend’. **postponed until further notice**

Publication date: 10 February 2020

Arthurian Place Names in Wales: Book Launch

Publication date: 16 May 2017

BAFTA Cymru and Pontio to host special preview of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

BAFTA Cymru and Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre in Bangor, North Wales are proud to announce a very special preview screening of the highly anticipated new epic film KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD at Pontio’s Cinema at 8pm on Sunday 14 May.

Publication date: 11 May 2017

Bangor Arthurian expertise at Bradford Literary Festival this July

Prof. Raluca Radulescu, director of the Centre for Arthurian Studies, and Emeritus Prof. P. J. C. Field, School of English Literature, will be giving talks to the public on the topic of King Arthur through the Ages and Malory's Arthur in Tennyson's world (Radulescu, 1 July, 11:30am and 5:15pm respectively) and Camelot (Field, talking about his recent discovery of the potential location of the historical Camelot, 1 July, 2:30pm).

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Bangor Fund will enable us to organise research training

A generous award from the Bangor Fund will enable us to organise research training

Publication date: 4 November 2019

Bangor expert contributes to Arthurian stamp launch

The enduring popularity of the Arthurian legends has been underlined yet again by the new publication of a set of stamps depicting Arthurian legends and characters by the Royal Mail. The new stamps have designs commissioned from artist Jaime Jones, and the accompanying text is by Bangor University Arthurian expert, Professor Raluca Radulescu.

Publication date: 16 March 2021

Blog - Libraries in the snow: three weeks at the Centre for Arthurian Studies.

In February and March of 2018, I spent three weeks at the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University, working on Charles Bertram's Britannicarum Gentium Historiæ Antiquæ Scriptores Tres (1757) , a work containing editions of Gildas and Nennius, and Bertram's forgery of an itinerary by Richard of Cirencester. This is the story of how that went.

Publication date: 7 February 2019

Blog post by Casey Harris, MA candidate, University of Villanova, USA, first resident short-term fellow of the Centre for Arthurian Studies, July 2017

The month I spent as a visiting research scholar at Bangor University was invaluable in laying the groundwork for my MA dissertation. I am a student at Villanova University, and my dissertation concerns Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Brittaniae ...

Publication date: 31 July 2017

Blog post: Beardsley Malory

On Tuesday 26th July 2016, Dr Samantha Rayner (UCL) and I visited a place of wonder: a book storage unit. Tucked away on an industrial estate in North Wales, this enormous warehouse is home to thousands of titles belonging to Bangor University – books that, for a variety of reasons are no longer held in the main university library – whether due to changing syllabi, modernised editions replacing older ones, or shifting fashions for certain areas of study.

Publication date: 9 August 2018

Blog: Bangor University Arthurian PhD alumni publish new book

The Horse in Premodern European Culture: why horse history matters for Arthurian scholars

Publication date: 16 July 2020

Blog: How I chose to do the MA in Arthurian Literature at Bangor University

It was at the University of Florida (Gainesville) where my passion for Arthuriana began. I majored in English and minored in Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), and part of this work involved a module called ‘Tales of King Arthur’ taught by Dr Judy Shoaf...

Publication date: 9 August 2018

Blog: Launch of 'Arthur in the Celtic Languages'

A very successful and well-attended event was held on 28 February 2019 in the Council Chamber, Bangor University, to celebrate the recent publication of Arthur in the Celtic Languages.

Publication date: 27 June 2019

Cataloguing the Arthurian Collection

We reached a milestone this week in the cataloguing of the Flintshire Harries Arthurian Collection when we catalogued the 1,000th book.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

Centre to host the digitised volumes of the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society

The Centre is proud to announce that it has been entrusted with hosting the digitised volumes of the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society (BBIAS), the annual bibliographical and research publication of the society, running continuously since 1949. Bangor PhD student Madeleine Killacky is the project assistant and the project is funded by the IAS.

Publication date: 22 October 2020

Day symposium: 'Arthurian Legends in Wales and Beyond' - blog post

Building on a portfolio of long-standing international research collaboration, and sponsored by IMEMS (Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University), the Centre for Arthurian Studies’ day symposium, ‘Chwedlau Arthur yng Nghymru a thu Hwnt / Arthurian Legends in Wales and Beyond’, took place on Thursday 28 June 2018 ...

Publication date: 16 July 2018

Digital version of the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society joins its hardcopy collection at Centre for Arthurian Studies

A digital version of the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society now joins its hardcopy collection in the Centre for Arthurian Studies

Publication date: 29 October 2020

Exposing Arthur’s Celtic roots

Despite recent interpretations giving Arthur English, French or cockney accents, a new academic book launched today (28 February) at Bangor University firmly plants him in the Celtic lands and Celtic languages.

Publication date: 28 February 2019

First newsletter of the Centre now available

Publication date: 5 September 2018

Funding award for 'The Arthurian Quest' project

A new impact-generating collaborative project on the topic of ‘The Arthurian Quest’ has been awarded funding from the ESRC Bangor University Impact Accelleration fund.

Publication date: 24 October 2017

Gotfrit von Straszburg, Trystan 1821

As we catalogue the Flintshire Harries Arthurian collection we are discovering some treasures. The latest is a version of Tristan (Trystan) by Gottfried von Strassburg printed on handmade paper, and dated 1821.

Publication date: 17 April 2018

How King Arthur became one of the most pervasive legends of all time

This article by Raluca Radulescu , Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article . King Arthur is one of, if not the, most legendary icons of medieval Britain. His popularity has lasted centuries, mostly thanks to the numerous incarnations of his story that pop up time and time again.

Publication date: 3 February 2017

International Arthurian Congress

Centre for Arthurian Studies members and affiliated members (staff and students from Bangor University and elsewhere) contributed to the 24 th International Arthurian Congress held in Würzburg, Germany this July.

Publication date: 10 July 2017

International Postgraduate Community in Arthurian Studies launched by Bangor University

For the first time in its 16-year history, this year’s Medievalism Transformed conference exchanged its beloved ‘College on the Hill’ dwelling for an entirely virtual space in collaboration with the Centre for Arthurian Studies. Over the course of two days (18-19 September 2020), the Centre welcomed over 150 speakers and attendees from all over the world to exchange ideas about ‘Movement through Arthurian Legend’.

Publication date: 28 October 2020

Launch of Bangor’s Centre for Arthurian Studies

Bangor University will be seeing in 2017 with the launch of a new Centre for Arthurian Studies on Friday 20 January, just as Wales begins to celebrate a Year of Legends. Throughout 2017 events will be held at historic sites the length and breadth of Wales in celebration of its rich culture and heritage.

Publication date: 11 January 2017

New Arthurian edition by Bangor Emeritus professor

The new edition of the most popular English language story of the legendary King Arthur, Thomas Malory’s fifteenth-century Le Morte Darthur , provides students at all levels and the general public with the authoritative text, but without the extensive critical apparatus, of the recent 2-volume scholarly edition published by leading academic medieval press Boydell & Brewer previously launched at the British branch conference of the International Arthurian Society, hosted by Bangor University and organised by Prof. Raluca Radulescu , the centre's director, in 2013.

Publication date: 19 July 2017

New P.J.C.Field fund to be established

Happy to announce a new P.J.C.Field fund will be established

Publication date: 9 December 2019

New blog launched

The Centre’s new blog has been launched, with a story written by the Centre’s first resident fellow, Casey Harris (completing an MA dissertation at Villanova University, US). Read the blog here.

Publication date: 10 August 2017

News on cataloguing for the Arthurian Centre

One of the library’s main achievements this year has been the cataloguing of the Flintshire Harries (Arthurian) Collection for inclusion in the already significant, and internationally-renowned, Arthurian collections at Bangor University Library.

Publication date: 16 November 2017

Newsletter gets a fresh look with new Editor

Publication date: 9 August 2018

Prof. Raluca Radulescu awarded a Bangor Teaching Excellence Fellowship

Prof. Raluca Radulescu was awarded a Bangor Teaching Excellence Fellowship at the university graduation in July on the grounds of her achievements in teaching and research supervision in the areas of medieval and Arthurian studies.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Prof. Raluca Radulescu delivers guest lecture to Flintshire Historical Association

Publication date: 24 March 2018

Prof. Raluca Radulescu elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

Prof. Raluca Radulescu, the Centre's director, has recently been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in recognition of her contributions to scholarship and culture in Wales.

Publication date: 8 May 2018

Prof. Raluca Radulescu has been invited to deliver a presentation at the AMARC (Association for Archives and Manuscripts in Research Collections) day symposium

Prof. Raluca Radulescu has been invited to deliver a presentation at the AMARC (Association for Archives and Manuscripts in Research Collections) day symposium at the Bodleian Library, Oxford,

Publication date: 22 October 2019

Professor Raluca Radulescu, our director, will be giving her workshop on the rare Arthurian books in our collections on 25 March.

Professor Raluca Radulescu, our director, will be giving her workshop on the rare Arthurian books in our collections.

Publication date: 9 March 2020

Pupils take on Arthurian Quest

Pupils from Ysgol Aberconwy have been on an ‘Arthurian’ quest to investigate story-telling. Inspired by Wales’ ‘Year of Legends’, Ymgais 2018 Quest, a project by Bangor University’s Centre for Arthurian Studies , invited a selected number of pupils aged 11-13 to develop modern digital storytelling adventures.

Publication date: 4 May 2018

Quest 2019

Building on a successful pilot project, which saw pupils enjoying Arthurian literature and creating their own modern ‘Arthurian’ quests, the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University are sharing what they’ve learnt with primary and secondary school teachers today (5th of July 2019).

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Quest 2019

On the 5 th of July 2019, the Centre will be hosting a workshop for primary and secondary school teachers. Open to teachers across North Wales, this new event will build on the success of last year’s “Quest”/ “Hymgais” literacy project and will allow teachers to come to the Centre experience our magnificent collection of rare books and manuscripts, and to attend talks held by Professor Raluca Radulescu, Director of the Centre, and Gillian Brownson, writer and storyteller, on using the myths and legends represented in our collection in the classroom.

Publication date: 29 May 2019

THELMA Awards

The Library and Archive Service of Bangor University have been shortlisted for a prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMA) for their outreach and community engagement work.

Publication date: 30 May 2017

The Centre for Arthurian Studies in Current Archaeology

Our Centre's member Scott Lloyd (RCHMW) informs us of the following presence of our Centre and a recent publication by one of our members, which we launched last year in May, in the latest issue of Current Archaeology .

Publication date: 20 March 2018

The Enchanted Tower: A Week at the Centre for Arthurian Studies

In romance, Lancelot is trapped in a tower by Morgan Le Fay, where he amuses himself by drawing on the walls. In July 2016, I, too, became pleasantly ‘trapped’ in an enchanted tower, where I was in no danger of being bored, as my ‘prison’, located in a tower of the Bangor University Library, was full of books ...

Publication date: 1 April 2017

The Mediaeval Courts of Love - blog article by Shan Robinson

Vyvyan Holland was born in London 1886 under the name Vyvyan Oscar Beresford Wilde. He was the son of the notorious author and playwright Oscar Wild, imprisoned and convicted of the charge of "gross indecency" due to his homosexuality in 1895. After a very public court case, Vyvyan’s mother, in an attempt to protect her boys, moved them abroad and changed their names.

Publication date: 15 January 2018

The Romance of Sir Degrevant

‘The Romance of Sir Degrevant’, Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1896. This is one of only 350 original copies made on paper with 8 copies on vellum. The Frontispiece was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and engraved by W.H. Hooper. The printing type is Chaucer Type printed on hand-made paper which holds the second version of the Primrose watermark.

Publication date: 22 October 2020