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Contemporary Round Tables
- A Round Table was a festive event during the Middle Ages that involved jousting, feasting, and dancing in imitation of King Arthur's legendary court. Named for Arthur's famed Round Table, the festivals generally involved jousts with blunted weapons, and often celebrated weddings or victories.
- Belonging to or occurring in the present
- Living or occurring at the same time
- a person of nearly the same age as another
- characteristic of the present; "contemporary trends in design"; "the role of computers in modern-day medicine"
- Dating from the same time
- belonging to the present time; "contemporary leaders"
King Arthur's Round Table, Winchester Royal Palace, Hampshire
Important historic buildings include Winchester Cathedral, built in the 12th century; the Great Hall, the only surviving portion of the old Royal Palace; and Winchester College, a public school founded in 1382. The Great Hall was rebuilt, sometime between 1222-1235, and still exists in this form. It is most well known for King Arthur's Round Table, which has hung in the hall from at least 1463. The table actually dates from the 14th Century, and as such is not contemporary to Arthur. Despite this it still attracts many tourists. The table was originally unpainted, but was painted for King Henry VIII in 1522. The names of the knights are written around the edge of the table surmounted by King Arthur on his throne. In the grounds of the Great Hall are a recreation of a medieval garden along with the Wedding Gates and Law Courts. Settlement in the area dates back to pre-Roman times, and there is evidence of Iron Age hill forts around the city. Under the Romans the town, then named Venta Belgarum, was of considerable importance. The town has historic importance as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Wessex from 519. Although it was not the only town to have been the capital, it was established by King Alfred the Great as the main city in his kingdom in 827. Winchester remained the capital of Wessex, and then England, until some time after the Norman Conquest when the capital was moved to London. A serious fire in the city in 1141 accelerated its decline.
"Archivists Exchange" program, 17 February 2011.
Jennifer Anna, Vice President of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, introduces Tiffany Collanino, Archivist for the Woody Guthrie Archives, and Nico Thom, Archivist for the Lippmann+Rau Music Archive in Eisanach, Germany, at ART's monthly meeting. Event held at the ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White Street, New York, on 17 February 2011.