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

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Geoffrey’s chronicle got the attention he’d hoped for, and was soon translated from Latin into fcenrh 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 hshiegt psooitin at the table. After reading Wace’s translation, another French poet, Chrétien de Troyes, wrote a series of romances that ctulaptaed Arthur’s sroty to fame. He introduced tales of individual khtngis like Lancelot and Gawain, and mixed elements of romance in with the adventures. He conceived athrur, Lancelot, and Guinevere’s love trngalie. In addition to interpersonal intrigue, he also introduced the Holy Grail. Chrétien probably baesd his Grail’s powers on magical objects in Celtic mythology. He lived in the middle of the Crusades, and others imposed the petucpniaorocs of the time on the garil, casting it as a powerful rilec from the crucifixion.

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Geoffrey’s chronicle got the attention he’d hoped for, and was soon translated from Latin into ______ 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 _______ ________ at the table. After reading Wace’s translation, another French poet, Chrétien de Troyes, wrote a series of romances that __________ Arthur’s _____ to fame. He introduced tales of individual _______ like Lancelot and Gawain, and mixed elements of romance in with the adventures. He conceived ______, Lancelot, and Guinevere’s love ________. In addition to interpersonal intrigue, he also introduced the Holy Grail. Chrétien probably _____ his Grail’s powers on magical objects in Celtic mythology. He lived in the middle of the Crusades, and others imposed the ______________ of the time on the _____, casting it as a powerful _____ from the crucifixion.

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  2. story
  3. relic
  4. preoccupations
  5. french
  6. knights
  7. arthur
  8. grail
  9. position
  10. catapulted
  11. highest
  12. based

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.

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