In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the March–April 2022 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes (+5), the next topic challenge of the year 2022 will be

medieval Arthurian literature

What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during March and April 2022 you are invited to try to read at least one Arthurian tale from the medieval era and ask questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during March and April too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of some works of medieval Arthurian literature and asking (or answering!) good questions about them. Questions about these works should be tagged with a tag for the author, a tag for the language if it wasn't originally in English, and (for book-length works) a tag for the work's title. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is verbose's presentation:

From Gildas to Malory, many writers in the sixth through the 15th centuries shaped the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Arthurian stories were written in a wide range of languages:

and others such as Dutch, Norse, Icelandic, Hebrew, Greek, Breton, Italian, and Catalan. A list is available at Wikipedia's Bibliography of King Arthur page.

The books are fascinating to read for both the stories they tell and what they reveal about their own times. English translations are also easily available online. Cursory Googling found these in less than a minute:

Many Arthurian texts, or excerpts from them, are available at The Camelot Project, as are some scholarly resources. Print editions of many of the books are readily available in reasonably priced editions.

Musicals like Spamalot and books like Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant attest to the enduring popularity of the Arthurian legend even in our times. But the stories originate in the medieval Matter of Britain, and it would be good to revisit that fountainhead.

What's next?

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List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. If the Mabinogion consists of 11 or 12 stories, why are only 4 of them called the Branches of the Mabinogi? by Rand al'Thor, 27/03/2022 (5 votes, 81 views, 1 answer).
  2. Is the grail in Chrétien de Troyes "Perceval" called "holy"? by Charo, 29/03/2022 (5 votes, 586 views, HNQ, 1 answer).
  3. Does Merlin in Le Morte d'Arthur have any kind of backwards aging or memory? by Rand al'Thor, 13/04/2022 (7 votes, 142 view, no answer).

The highest-voted of these is Does Merlin in Le Morte d'Arthur have any kind of backwards aging or memory?, with a score of 7 at the end of April.

The most viewed is Is the grail in Chrétien de Troyes "Perceval" called "holy"?, with approximately 586 views during the months of March and April.

2 out of the three question received an answer.

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