Idylls of the king



Two beautiful illustrations from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’

From medieval romantic folklore to twenty-first century blockbuster movies, most children have grown up knowing of the legends of King Arthur, the round table and Excalibur. 

A visit to any castle would not be complete without reference to those in shining armour and their tales of heroism! 

We are excited to showcase two beautiful illustrations from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’ by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, depicting Merlin & Vivien and Enid & Geraint. 

Complimenting these vibrant illustrations is a large print of an engraving by Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré showing Lancelot riding towards the Castle of Astolat.

The Idylls contain twelve epic poems retelling the legend of King Arthur and the rise and fall of his kingdom. The Lincolnshire born poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson was appointed as Poet Laurette in 1850 by Queen Victoria and our sister site - The Lincolnshire Archives - is home to the Tennyson Research Centre.

Including historic archive collections, objects, photographs and publications relating to Tennyson and his family, we can’t wait for you to see these items from our own collection now on display at Lincoln Castle.

The Magna Carta Vault is included in the price of a Castle day ticket and is accessible to all Annual Pass Holders.

Date: 7th September 2022 - 31st March 2023 Recurs daily.

Location: Historical

Cost: From Free

Time: 10:00 - 16:00