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1. Winchester was both the royal and the ecclesiastical center of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. Many of the kings of Wessex (and later the kings of England), including Alfred the Great, employed the bishops as royal advisors. What do the tombs and memorials in Winchester Cathedral reveal about this church and state relationship? What does the medieval layout of the town itself suggest about the relative power of church and state?
2. The “Round Table of King Arthur” that hangs in the
Great Hall at Winchester Castle illustrates the ways British monarchs used
historical myth and symbol to maintain their rule. Discuss.
What do historians surmise about its origins and its decorations?
What monarchs are associated with the table and why?
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