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From the Ted Talk by Alan Lupack: Is there any truth to the King Arthur legends?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Geoffrey’s chronicle got the attention he’d hoped for, and was soon translated from laitn into fercnh by the poet Wace around 1155 CE. Wace aeddd another centerpiece of Arthurian lore to Geoffrey’s sword, castle, and wizard: the Round Table. He wrote that Arthur had the table constructed so that all guests in his court would be eulqlay placed, and none could boast that he had the highest pisiootn at the table. After reading Wace’s translation, another French poet, Chrétien de teoyrs, wrote a series of raomecns that catapulted Arthur’s story to fame. He introduced tales of iiduinvdal ktnhigs like Lancelot and Gawain, and mixed elements of romance in with the adventures. He cecneviod Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere’s love tiganlre. In addition to interpersonal intrigue, he also introduced the Holy gairl. Chrétien probably based his Grail’s powers on magical objects in Celtic mythology. He lived in the middle of the Crusades, and others imposed the preoccupations of the time on the Grail, casting it as a powerful relic from the crucifixion.

Open Cloze

Geoffrey’s chronicle got the attention he’d hoped for, and was soon translated from _____ into ______ by the poet Wace around 1155 CE. Wace _____ another centerpiece of Arthurian lore to Geoffrey’s sword, castle, and wizard: the Round Table. He wrote that Arthur had the table constructed so that all guests in his court would be _______ placed, and none could boast that he had the highest ________ at the table. After reading Wace’s translation, another French poet, Chrétien de ______, wrote a series of ________ that catapulted Arthur’s story to fame. He introduced tales of __________ _______ like Lancelot and Gawain, and mixed elements of romance in with the adventures. He _________ Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere’s love ________. In addition to interpersonal intrigue, he also introduced the Holy _____. Chrétien probably based his Grail’s powers on magical objects in Celtic mythology. He lived in the middle of the Crusades, and others imposed the preoccupations of the time on the Grail, casting it as a powerful relic from the crucifixion.

Solution

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  2. grail
  3. triangle
  4. knights
  5. conceived
  6. troyes
  7. position
  8. added
  9. latin
  10. individual
  11. romances
  12. french

Original Text

Geoffrey’s chronicle got the attention he’d hoped for, and was soon translated from Latin into French by the poet Wace around 1155 CE. Wace added another centerpiece of Arthurian lore to Geoffrey’s sword, castle, and wizard: the Round Table. He wrote that Arthur had the table constructed so that all guests in his court would be equally placed, and none could boast that he had the highest position at the table. After reading Wace’s translation, another French poet, Chrétien de Troyes, wrote a series of romances that catapulted Arthur’s story to fame. He introduced tales of individual knights like Lancelot and Gawain, and mixed elements of romance in with the adventures. He conceived Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere’s love triangle. In addition to interpersonal intrigue, he also introduced the Holy Grail. Chrétien probably based his Grail’s powers on magical objects in Celtic mythology. He lived in the middle of the Crusades, and others imposed the preoccupations of the time on the Grail, casting it as a powerful relic from the crucifixion.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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