Category Archives: England

Guinevere Out of Control

Arthurian literature hasn’t often been kind to Arthur’s wife Guinevere, presenting her as having an ongoing affair with his favorite knight, sometimes even goading him into it when he doesn’t really want to go against the king. It’s pretty much … Continue reading

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Knight Time Is the Right Time

The King Arthur Collection – I’ve been reading this one on and off for about a year and a half. It’s long, but worth reading. There are six separate works included, as well as some background information about the historicity … Continue reading

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Land of Dairy Milk Bars and Honey

Tonight, I’m going to take a look at British Israelism, the movement popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that insisted the British were descended from refugees from Israel. This was essentially a way to be pro-Semitic and … Continue reading

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In 1215 at Runnymede, Doo-Dah, Doo-Dah

Magna Carta is now 800 years old, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do to celebrate the birthday of a document. The main way academia seems to be calling attention to it is by destroying some of the … Continue reading

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Britain’s Brutal Beginning

At one point in history, every nation apparently wanted to have origins tied to Troy. I suppose they wanted to have a link to the classics, but for some reason preferred the defeated Trojans to the victorious Greeks. Hey, I … Continue reading

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Cole Mining

While we know that Old King Cole was a merry old soul with a love for music, whether he actually existed is a matter of some debate. There are records of a few different British rulers named Coel, dating back … Continue reading

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Cats in Black

An old game that I was interested in finding out about is the Black Cat Fortune Telling Game, which appears to have been first released in 1897. Part of the Victorian obsession with fortune-telling, this game consists of twenty-four cards, … Continue reading

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