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Centre for Arthurian Studies

Inspiring international research exchange in Arthurian Studies, from the medieval to the modern period

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On the Centre's Blog webpage, learn about Arthurian Studies at Bangor University, find information on conferences and symposiums, and discover our latest news, events, and articles!

Letters to Sir Ifor Williams featured in Bangor University's Archives and Special Collections

Exhibition: Sir Ifor Williams and Arthurian Studies in the Bangor Archives Collections

Ph.D. student Aude Martin explores Bangor University's substantial collection of Sir Ifor William's work, beginning with two groups of letters from J. Gwenogvryn Evans and Roger S. Loomis.

Medieval manuscript featuring a headless knight, Sir Gawain, and Arthur's court.

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Students handling rare books

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

This year's new Arthurian MA students learning about our rare Arthurian books.

Aled Llion Jones being recorded gesturing at rare books on table

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

Prof Aled Llion Jones in Bangor University's Archives and Special Collections presenting our Arthurian rare book collection.

Shan Robinson speaking to crowd of people giving tour in Bangor University

Engaging with the Public

Special Collections Co-Ordinator Shan Robinson gives a tour to guests of the Centre.

Dr. Roger Simpson, Prof. Raluca Radulescu, Shan Robinson, and others commemorate founding the Flintshire collection

Launch of the Flintshire Collection with Roger Simpson

Celebrating the founding of the Flintshire collection at Bangor University in 2015.

Books from Flintshire collection on display

Launch of the Flintshire Collection with Roger Simpson

A small sample of the Arthurian books from Bangor University's Flintshire Collection.

Peter Field, Raluca Radulescu, Shan Robinson, Aled Jones, and others featured in picture

Starting the Centre

The Centre for Arthurian Studies' launch in 2017, featuring from left to right: Shan Robinson, Sue Hodges, Prof. John Hughes, Prof. Raluca Radulescu, Emeritus Prof P.J.C. Field, and Prof Aled Llion Jones. 

Conference with a presentation

'Arthurian Placenames in Wales' Book launch

Launch for The Arthurian Place Names of Wales by Centre fellow Scott Lloyd. 

Four students looking at medieval manuscripts

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

The Centre for Arthurian Studies regularly takes students to visit the amazing Arthurian manuscripts at Manchester University's John Rylands Library. 

Arthurian Scholars in group photo

Arthurian Symposium 2018

A group picture of the wonderful participants of the Centre's Arthurian Symposium in 2018. 

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The Centre for Arthurian Studies

This reading room houses the Flintshire collection, donated to Bangor University in 2015. 

Paper plate with child's writing on it, featuring medieval shields

Arthurian Quest 2018

An art Project from one of our Arthurian Quest participants in 2018.

Sword in stone in front of a bookself

Sword in the Stone

This sword in the Stone is featured in the Centre's reading room, used in one of the Centre's many Medieval fun days. 

Raluca Radulescu, students, and rare books from the archives

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

Prof Raluca Radulescu shows students our rare Arthurian books in Bangor University's Archives and Special Collections.

Arthurian scholar giving lecture

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

Dr. Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan presenting at the Arthurian Symposium in 2018, hosted by Bangor University. 

Prof Raluca Radulescu giving lecture

Arthurian Scholarship at Bangor University

Prof. Raluca Radulescu gives a lecture at the Arthurian Symposium in 2018. 

MA in Arthurian Literature

Students studying medieval manuscripts with Prof Radulescu

Bangor University's MA in Arthurian literature, the only one of its kind in the world, explores insular (Britain and Ireland) and Continental medieval traditions of Arthurian writing from the inception of the legend (perhaps as early as the 6th century) to the present day. Students may engage in deep comparative study of Latin, Welsh, Irish, Breton and English/French texts, with the additional advantage of studying other linguistic traditions, if necessary in modern English translation. 

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Bangor-Rochester Reading Group

The Centre for Arthurian Studies and the Rossell Hope Robbins Library have come together to establish a graduate reading group, covering texts from all walks of Arthuriana. 

Sir Gawain riding a horse in full armor

Currently Reading Heinrich von dem Türlin's Diu Crône, or "The Crown"

Diu Crône is a 13th-century romance that tells the story of the grail quest but differs from previous retellings. In this story, Gawain is the knight who achieves the grail after a series of remarkable adventures.

Members of the Centre

External Board

Associate Members

Fellows

Teaching Staff on the MA in Arthurian Literature

History of the Collections

The Arthurian Collection reading room, Flintshire collection, Special Collections

Bangor University Library's Arthurian and Celtic studies collections have their inception at the time the University Library was founded in 1884, when donations were made by local supporters as well as by scholars and members of staff.

Recently Flintshire County Libraries has kindly donated its Arthurian Collection to Bangor University; where it now is being curated, preserved and managed by the Library and Archives Service. The collection, which is of major interest to scholars and general readers, was originally donated to Flintshire County Libraries in 1952 by E. R. Harries, a former librarian of the county. Flintshire and Clwyd library services, then added further stock. It now contains over 2,000 items of interest to scholars and general readers alike. This collection enhances Bangor's existing collection, in particular through the addition of further rare books. Scholars who would have previously had to travel to both Mold and Bangor will now find these resources in the same location. 

The arrival of the Flintshire Harries Arthurian collection, a predominantly, though not exclusively English-language collection of post-medieval rare books and criticism, predominantly on English-language legends, was celebrated with a launch in April 2015, including a public lecture given by the late Dr Roger Simpson and an exhibition of rare books from the Bangor and Flintshire Harries collections, curated by Prof. Raluca Radulescu and Shan Robinson.

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Sword in plaque in front of bookcases filled with books

Visit us with the P.J.C. Field Fellowship!

The Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University has set up the P.J.C. Field Visiting Fellowship fund in Arthurian Studies.  Through donations, the endowed Fellowship is intended to provide a period of research at the Centre for Arthurian Studies in association with the Library and Special Collections at Bangor University for a scholar whose research is closely aligned with the collections and research expertise in the Centre. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Arthurian studies: in the past, visiting fellows have worked on medieval and post-medieval Arthurian studies, rare books in the collections, and connections between our collections and those in other repository libraries.   

The recipient will take up residence in Bangor or its immediate neighbourhood and make use of the collections for a period ranging from one week to three months. They will be responsible for living expenses but, depending on need and available funds, the fellowship can cover partial or full travel expenses. The fellow will engage in the academic life of the Centre and the University, and toward the end of the residency they will usually give a talk arising from the research undertaken while on the fellowship.  

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Get Involved with the Centre for Arthurian Studies

The Lady of the Lake from The Romances of Arthur

There are many ways to get involved with the Centre for Arthurian Studies at Bangor University!

We recognise that many individuals and organisations external to the Centre for Arthurian Studies (CAS) share an interest in progressing our intellectual aims and aspirations. Partnership and collaboration with these colleagues and stakeholders is fundamental to our development.  We, therefore, offer Associate Membership and Fellowship status as forms of affiliation for both internal and external individuals and organisations who actively support and contribute towards our long-term objectives. We also offer Fellowships to support relevant shorter-term projects.

Associate Membership and Fellowships are offered as means of enhancing our academic reach and collaborative capacity, both within Bangor University and, importantly, through engagement with a network of external partners in other research organisations and sectors (such as cultural heritage and archives).  Our Associates and Fellows will play an important role in helping us to embed the reach of the Centre throughout Wales, and assist in demonstrating the international relevance of our work.

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