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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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Good Knight, Sleep Tight

SPOILER WARNING, especially for The Yellow Knight of Oz Ruth Plumly Thompson introduced the character of Sir Hokus of Pokes in her first Oz book, The Royal Book of Oz, and he quickly became a standard part of the royal … Continue reading

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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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The Committee on Might in Man

The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White – Intended as the final part of The Once and Future King, this tale of King Arthur and his wizardly tutor wasn’t published until 1977, after White’s death. Arthur, now old and faced … 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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Blow Me to Bermuda!

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose introduction to the Arthurian mythos was through Disney’s The Sword in the Stone. This film was based on the book by T.H. White, which described King Arthur’s youth and made the often … Continue reading

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