Medieval Legends

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Mythical tales of the Middle Ages.

Stories about chivalrous heroes, magical beasts and mythical worlds have captivated readers and audiences throughout the Middle Ages, and continue to do so today. From the knights and warriors of the early romance cycles to the journeys into the unknown of epic poetry, the medieval world has a wealth of legendary narratives to explore.

The course will start with medieval receptions of the ancient world with legends of Alexander the Great, and end with the fourteenth-century French tale of Mélusine, a magical serpent-woman. It will look showcase myths and stories from the Middle Ages, spanning different centuries and medieval cultures and continents, including Greek, Italian, Japanese, French and Persian material in translation.

As part of this course, you will receive a special guided tour of our exhibition Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth which will feature examples of medieval adaptations of the Alexander legends in manuscripts and how medieval storytellers weaved fantasy, intrigue and wonder into their tales.

This course will run across the following dates:

  • Monday 9 January 2023, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Monday 16 January 2023, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Monday 23 January 2023, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Monday 30 January 2023, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Monday 6 February 2023, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Monday 13 February 2023, 18.00 – 20.00

Read the course outline (PDF).

Please email to discuss your access requirements as soon as you have booked your ticket.

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Name: Medieval Legends
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £250 – £295
Concessions available
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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