Category Archives: Arthurian Legend

Strange Women Lying in Ponds Distributing Swords

While the Lady of the Lake is an important figure in the Arthurian mythos, there doesn’t appear to be much agreement about various aspects of the character, including her name and how many of her there actually were. At various … 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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Laughing at Legends

Three more Tom Holt books this time: Grailblazers – I think this one is a clear improvement over the last few Holt books, showing the author honing his style. As usual, it focuses on one element of folklore, in this … Continue reading

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Eat Fruit, Live Forever

The idea of fruit bestowing immortality, or at least longevity, is a common one in mythology and folklore. In Norse mythology, the gods are said to eat apples that restore their youth. The fruit can’t entirely prevent them from dying, … Continue reading

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Fortune Smiles Upon Thee

The idea of the world of the dead as a physical location was quite common in ancient cultures, and more or less still persists today. It’s still common to think of Heaven as being up in the sky and Hell … Continue reading

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The Questing Game

Today we turn to Arthurian lore to look at a strange creature known as the Questing Beast, or Beste Glatisant (“barking beast”) in French. This animal is usually described as having the head of a snake, the body of a … Continue reading

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