Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva was a noblewoman in Coventry in the eleventh century.    She was famous for being fervently opposed to her husband’s taxation of the citizens.   Being a woman in her era meant that she was not likely to be heard by her husband in matters of state.    So she famously took extreme…

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Lucrezia Borgia

The Borgias were one of Renaissance Italy’s most notorious families.   Today they are seen as a precursor to the modern Mafia, or a proto-Mafia if you will.   Lucrezia Borgia was the daughter of Rodrigo Borgia who would become Pope Alexander VI.    Lucrezia Borgia’s story is one filled with intrigue, poisoning, sex, and…

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Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra VII was the last queen of Egypt, ruling until her death (supposedly a suicide by asp bite, or injection of poison) after her and Marc Antony lost the Battle of Actium.   She is famous and infamous as a symbol of ancient Egypt and as a seductress.    She was an incredible scholar, and…

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Faerie Queens and Art

Faerie Queens have long been inspiration for artists.    They factor heavily into Celtic lore and legends.   Celtic culture itself heavily influenced the Arthurian Legends!   Arthurian legends would inspire many generations of artists. Edmund Spenser wrote the epic poem The Faerie Queene during the reign of Elizabeth I.   The poem is an…

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Tristan and Isolde

Tristan was a great knight in the kingdom of Cornwall, and Isolde was an Irish princess.   Tristan was sent to Ireland to compete in a tournament in order to win the hand of this princess for his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall.   Tristan readily defeats all comers and wins Isolde’s hand for King…

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My Top 10 Arthurian Films

The top films in a specific category is always a matter that inspires much debate.   As a lover of everything Arthurian, and faerie, and films (especially classic films) I think I am qualified to tell you my personal top ten list of Arthurian adaptions!   Number 10: Avalon High ~This Disney Channel Original Film…

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The Faerie Melusine

The legend of the faerie Melusine has its roots in medieval France.    There are also German versions of the tale where she was called Melusina.   French tradition links Melusine with noble houses, and some medieval royals and nobles claimed decent from this faerie woman. The story of Melusine is one of a faerie…

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Vita Merlini

The life of the wizard Merlin has been a matter of interest to legions of people for over fifteen hundred years.   He was the magician who played an important part in the legends of Arthur and the knights of the roundtable.     It was his magic that allowed Uther Pendragon to bed Igraine…

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The Once and Future King

Arthur Pendragon King of all Britain is also known as the Once and Future King because of popular belief that he will one day rise from his resting place in Avalon to fight for Britain.   Arthur’s tale is one of intrigue and dramatic fights, and it was from the very beginning.   Even the…

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