The legendary tales of King Arthur and his knights have been embedded in the British cultural consciousness for over 1000 years. Along with the predestined King Arthur, the sage wizard Merlin and the romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, one of the most enduring themes of the Arthurian legend is the setting of Camelot itself.

For many centuries, historians and Arthurian enthusiasts have endeavoured to identify the location of Camelot, determined to prove where the castle and court existed, be it in Wales, the West Country, or even right here in West Yorkshire. Literary giants from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to Mark Twain and even Monty Python have written works inspired by the mythical realm of Arthur’s court and kingdom.

Join Peter Field, Emeritus Professor at the University of Bangor and former President of the International Arthurian Society, and event chair, Remona Aly, as they discuss his theory that the true location of Camelot is right here in Yorkshire.

About The Speaker

Peter Field

Peter Field was as a university lecturer at Bangor, his research increasingly focused on the legend King Arthur, from the question of Arthur’s existence to his appearance in twentieth-century literature.  He eventually became president of the International Arthurian Society.  He retired in 2004, but has continued research in Arthurian topics, most recently on the location of Camelot, which he believes was most probably originally an abandoned Roman fort at Slack, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

About The Chair

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.