Arthurian Legends

La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John William Waterhouse

This page is dedicated to Arthurian Legends! The tales of Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Morgan, and Nimue/Vivian are enchanting. Throughout this blog you will find limitless discussion on the subject of Arthur and his knights of the Round Table!

There are so many fascinating figures in the realm of Arthurian legends. The tales within these legends are epic and sweeping, as well as being very romantic. Magic is very intertwined in Arthurian legend, and it is obvious that the Celtic Otherworld is very much involved in the tales of the Knights of the Round Table. Guinevere and Isolde are perfect examples of the Celtic tradition of Faerie Queens. They both have magical natures and this is, in some versions, a focal point. Faerie women marrying human men (especially royals) is a common theme in Celtic myth, and this was absorbed into Arthurian legend. The original Celtic, and pagan, origins of Arthurian legends was later absorbed into the Quest for the Grail. This was a way of medieval clerics to attempt to make the Celtic origins of Arthur into a more Christianized tale!

The love story of Guinevere and Lancelot is one of the most written about courtly love tales ever! Many medieval poets would draw on this story in their works, and modern writers and filmmakers still utilize this story today. Guinevere was a queen who fell in love with her husband’s greatest knight, and gave into her passions. In many tellings it is said that they were not as discreet as they should have been. There are versions where Arthur is willfully blind to the affair, and other where he attempted to have Guinevere burned at the stake. Of course, Lancelot rescued Guinevere from that fate! The story mirrors that of Tristan and Isolde, another queen who fell in love with a knight and betrayed her husband!

There are many posts here that focus on Arthurian legends, and they are hopefully enjoyable and informational. I would love to hear any comments you would like to share! I hope you enjoy your time here at White Rose of Avalon!

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