Week 10–The Middle Ages, Arthurian Legends, and an Introduction To Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

So, here we are in the Middle Ages. I guess we should first start with the Arthurian Legends. You are all probably familiar with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. You have probably been to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament? You know that Sir Lancelot went after Lady Guinevere. *Gasp*

Anyways, we will begin by reading part of a medieval legend. On Monday and Tuesday you will read about King Arthur. And on Wednesday, you will listen to an introduction to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I am so excited. On Thursday you will have the option to watch a movie instead of doing school work. But it is PG-13 so you will need your parents permission. 🙂 Enjoy your week.


Today I want you to start reading “Le Morte D’Arthur.”

Le Morte D’arthur  (Death of Arthur) by Sir Thomas Malory

  • Remember to begin the final draft of your Autobiographical Essay, which is due this Friday December 4.
  • Go ahead and start reading through the pre-reading information (pg. 246-247) but don’t do any of the pre-reading activities.
  • Then read pages 248-253 (about 6 pages)
  • For Grammar this week I want you to look at the dialogue in Joshua White’s myth. Study how he starts a new paragraph each time a new character speaks. I want you to write a conversation between two or more characters (about anything), but I want to see you start a new paragraph each time a new person speaks. Study how Joshua did it, then go ahead and try it for yourself. 1 page, typed, MLA. Don’t stress, it can be about anything– Selena Gomez eating mayonnaise because it is of the devil. Do about 6 quotes total, so that would look like a back and forth conversation between two people, where each person says 3 things. Watch the sample below.

Writing Dialogue

  • Write each person’s spoken words, however brief, as a separate paragraph.
  • Use commas to set off dialogue tags such as “she said” or “he explained.”
  • If one person’s speech goes on for more than one paragraph, use quotation marks to open the dialogue at the beginning of each paragraph. However, do not use closing quotation marks until the end of the final paragraph where that character is speaking. (Purdue OWL)
  • Watch this funny satirical video about King Arthur and the role of government.

  • I also want you to look over the paintings by John William Waterhouse below.

Below are several paintings by John William Waterhouse who was a famous Pre-Raphaelite painter from the late 1800’s. He is famous for his paintings of Arthurian legends. You should probably remember these paintings in case they show up on a final exam at the end of the semester.

hint. hint.

Guinevere and Lancelot, by John William Waterhouse


“La Belle Dame Sans Mercie” by John William Waterhouse. It is based on a poem by John Keats. In English it means the beautiful woman without mercy.


“I Am Half Sick of Shadows” by, John William Waterhouse


“The Lady of Shalott,” by John William Waterhouse

On a side-note, here is his picture of Queen Penelope weaving on her loom, ignoring her suitors. Did I show you this?

“Penelope and the Suitors” by John William Waterhouse

He also painted the one that I know I showed you of Odysseus and the sirens.

“Ulysses and the Sirens” by John William Waterhouse


Today I want you to finish “Morte D’Arthur”

  • Read pages 253-261
  • Answer questions 1-4, and 6 on page 263. Then answer the question at the bottom of the page about loyalty. “What is your ultimate loyalty? Should Arthur have forgiven Lancelot for his disloyalty? Why or why not? Can loyalty, once lost, ever be restored? Explain your response.” This last question should be a paragraph long.
  • I would also like you to listen a bit to some music from this time period. Do not just sit next to your computer for an hour and listen to this! That would be a huge waste of time. Please put this music on and do the dishes, fold laundry or clean your room. Or you can just listen to them for about 5-10 minutes, skipping around to hear different songs within the videos.

Gregorian Chant

Medieval Music


Next, we will move on to CHAUCER!!! Yay!!!

Okay this video will seem boring, but it is short and has good info 🙂

This one is cool, because this building is so old!

You can actually see the cathedral they are traveling to!

Please watch ONLY the first 10 minutes of this one. You are NOT ALLOWED to watch the whole thing, some parts are inappropriate.


Finish your other work from the week. And if you have, then you have the OPTION to watch a movie. This will be one of the movies I am going to ask you to rent this year. It is called First Knight. It is PG-13, so you need your parents permission.

Here is the movie guide review so your parents can see WHY it is PG-13 and decide.

Quality:                        Content:  “Worthwhile”


(B, Ro, VV, S, A, M) Biblical worldview with romantic elements; moderate violence including 3 battle scenes with stabbing, slicing & beatings and mild bloodletting; an adulterous kiss; alcohol consumption; and, betrayal themes


Written by William Nicholson, the same man who penned SHADOWLANDS, FIRST KNIGHT presents a biblical and noble spin on the age old tale of King Arthur, Lady Guinevere, Lancelot, and the knights of the round table. Tasteful direction of war, no nudity nor profane language, and a biblical and moral treatment of issues of war, love and forgiveness make this film a must see for those who want their values affirmed and for those who yet need to learn some values.


Written by the same man who penned SHADOWLANDS, FIRST KNIGHT presents a noble spin on the tale of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Ben Cross plays Malagant, a knight who chooses to usurp the reign of good King Arthur (Sean Connery). Richard Gere plays Lancelot as a romantic loner who travels about as a vagabond in search of adventures, including wooing Lady Guinevere (played by the beautiful Julia Ormond). Guinevere rejects Lancelot and marries King Arthur. Arthur calls the knights together to have a peace talk with Malagant. Malagant kidnaps Guinevere. Lancelot rescues Guinevere and again tells her of his love. On their return to Camelot, Lancelot kisses Guinevere goodbye and is discovered by the king, who almost condems them for treason but doesn’t carry out a judgement when Lancelot again comes to the rescue at a final confrontation with Malagant.

FIRST KNIGHT demonstrates integrity and truth. King Arthur realizes that God is the King of Kings and true leadership means serving God. Guinevere realizes that even unfortunate circumstances can be used for the glory of God. And, Lancelot learns true servtude. No nudity or profane language and a moral treatment of issues of war, love and forgiveness make this movie a must see for those who want their values affirmed and for those who yet need to learn some values. (Movie Guide Review of First Knight)


To put this in perspective, First Knight has moderate violence, as does The Chronicles of Narnia movies. Movie Guide rates Lord of the Rings as heavy violence.

There is also a few kisses, but less kissing than Romeo and Juliet.

Here is the trailer, which if you watch it, you have seen the worst of the kissing.

This movie is available for rent on Amazon, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube. It will cost $2.99 to rent. Go ahead and watch the whole movie in one sitting, because the rentals don’t last long.

This movie is 2 hours and 14 minutes long.

  • I want you to write down two important quotes from this film (extra credit)

 Due Friday:

  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Questions from “Morte D’Arthur”
  • Grammar dialogue
  • First Knight extra credit

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