Morgana Le Fay as La Belle Dame Sans Merci

For today’s post I would like to analyze the poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats.   This particular analysis will focus on my belief that the Belle Dame of the poem is none other than Morgan Le Fay! Within the poem we meet a knight who is lying near death and tells…

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The Enchantress of Camelot

For today’s post I am sharing with my readers my newest work of short fiction! In this way today is a Short Story Saturday, but I cannot guarantee short stories every week. I hope all of you enjoy this next work of fiction, which is yet again my own re-imagining of Arthurian legends! The Enchantress…

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The Rhiannon and Guinevere Connection

I have written about Guinevere’s connection to goddesses and historical figures before.    Today I want to focus on the connection between Guinevere and one of my favorite goddesses, Rhiannon!    Rhiannon is the Welsh Celtic goddess of sovereignty, horses, and a faerie queen.    Guinevere is the wife of Arthur and queen of Camelot…

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Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Boleyn Parallels

For today’s post I would like to look at some of the parallels between the stories of Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Boleyn!    I have written about both of these queens multiple times, and I thought looking at them both would be an interesting post.    Elizabeth Woodville was the first “commoner” queen of England. …

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My Top 10 Things We did on Our Honeymoon (aside from the obvious)

Hello my lovely readers, I am back!   We are back from our incredible honeymoon in Massachusetts, and I already miss Salem!   For today’s first post back here on White Rose of Avalon, I would like to do a countdown of my top ten favorite things my husband and I did. Number 10: Lizzie…

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Elizabeth Woodville as Manipulative Vixen

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday here at White Rose of Avalon I have chosen to look as the negative rumors spread about Elizabeth Woodville!    I have spoken about her love story with her King Edward IV before.   Earlier this week I wrote a comparison between her and Guinevere.   Given that the…

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Freya and Friday the 13th

Hello my lovely readers, and welcome to another Femme Fatale Friday, here at White Rose of Avalon!    Today it is a special Friday the 13th edition, where I will look at the Norse goddess Freya, and how she was demonized by the Church.    Friday the 13th was the most sacred of her days,…

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Living a Life Inspired by Your Passions

For today’s post I would like to discuss how living a life that is inspired by things you love can make even difficult times easier.    I personally have never wanted to live a mundane life, and I am not temperamentally suited to living by any one set of societal norms.    My interests are…

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Birds as Emblems of Goddesses

For today’s post I have chosen to discuss the birds that are sacred to my four favorite goddesses!    These goddesses are Aphrodite (Venus), Freya, Rhiannon, and Blodeuwedd!   All of these goddesses have bird associations, that make birds sacred to them in some way. First I would like to look at Aphrodite.  The Greek…

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Sacred Objects to the Goddess Aphrodite

Today I would like to look at sacred objects to goddesses!   In particular I will be focusing on sacred objects to Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty.  Aphrodite had two origin stories, either she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, or she was born of sea foam.    The sea foam birth,…

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