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As a service to both teachers and students, we have collected recordings by medieval scholars of passages from Arthurian texts in Middle and Early Modern English, Welsh, Anglo-Norman, Old French, and Middle High German. The purpose of these recordings is to give a sense of how the texts might have sounded to the original readers, so the emphasis is on accuracy of pronunciation according to current knowledge.
Readings are in RealPlayer format. You can download the RealPlayer software for free by clicking the icon below (the page gives you a choice between the Free Player and one you pay for, so make sure you pick the link you want). Installation is quick and easy.
For Mac users or anyone who prefers not to use RealPlayer, most pages have an alternative link to the reading in MP3 format.
Each page includes a link to the sound file, information on the reader and the edition being read, and the text itself, so that users can follow along as they listen. The works are listed in chronological order of composition.
Preiddu Annwn (The Spoils of Annwn) read by Sarah Higley, University of Rochester (for the Camelot Project)
Chrétien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart) read by William Kibler, University of Texas at Austin
Chrétien de Troyes's Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain, or The Knight with the Lion) read by Joan Grimbert, Catholic University of America
Marie de France's Lanval read by Judy Shoaf, University of Florida
Layamon's Brut read by Basil Cottle, Bristol University
Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival , read by Don Sunnen, Virginia Military Institute
Coming soon: more of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, read by Jim Marchand, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Emeritus
Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan read by Don Sunnen, Virginia Military Institute
Le Roman de Jaufré, read by Dan O'Sullivan, University of Mississippi
Coming soon: Heinrich von dem Türlin's Diu Crône, read by Susann T. Samples, Mount St. Mary
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight read by Thomas Rendall, Campion College, University of Regina
Coming soon: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, read by Alan Gaylord, Dartmouth College
Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur read by Tom Hanks, Baylor University
Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase
Arthurian Legend in Performance
Kamishibai Story Telling for Medieval Tales
These are videos of Nikki Morrell's 12th graders telling stories from Beowulf to 5th graders using Kamishibai. Kamishibai were a form of Japanese folk art from the 1920s to the 1950s in which itinerant candy sellers would use painted storyboards to tell a story. Here are several projects that use kamishibai to tell the story of Beowulf, which could easily be adapted to Arthurian stories.
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