What a good idea for school pupils to be studying the Arthurian legends, the great national epic of the English culture. There is an immense amount to be learned from these tales, which date back to the earliest mediaeval times. Nobody really knows who the real King Arthur was or if he even existed, but he certainly has associations all over south-western England, notably at Glastonbury and Tintagel, and he may have been a Celtic hero. Tennyson was one of many poets who wrote the stories down. His verse narrative has been adapted for the stage and turned into a fast-moving drama acted and sung by the pupils of Magdalen College School.