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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Artistic Interpretations of The Lady of Shallot

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the poem The Lady of Shallot based on Arthurian legend.    His poem would be so immensely popular that it would go on to inspire many artistic interpretations (even though it was an artistic interpretation itself).   Victorian age artists adored this subject! The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, especially, would be inspired by…

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Gwragedd Annwn

The Gwragedd Annwn (pronounced Gareth Anoon~w in Welsh is a vowel pronounced “oo”, and “dd” in Welsh is pronounced “th”) were Welsh lake maidens.   Their name literally meant “wives of the Underworld.”    They were said to inhabit a watery realm of Annwn, the Celtic Underworld, or Otherworld, not like our modern conception of…

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Idylls of the King

In the nineteenth century Tennyson wrote Idylls of the King, a cycle of poetry based on the Arthurian legends.    He took inspiration from the medieval poets that wrote about the legends several centuries earlier.   Tennyson’s poetry was part of a nineteenth century obsession with medievalism and Arthurian legends. The poems would inspire much…

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Mandolin

The mandolin is part of the lute family of stringed instruments.    It has four sets of paired strings, a total of eight, that are played in pairs.   The tuning of the mandolin is G,D,A,E traditionally.    This instrument, or at least early forms of it, was used by medieval minstrels and troubadours.  …

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My Top Five Guinevere Re-Imaginings!

Number 5: Guinevere Trilogy by Persia Woolley  ~This trilogy of books featured Guinevere in a new light, and is one of the first to show her as a heroine. Number 4: Camelot Rising Trilogy (the first two books are out so far) by Kiersten White ~In this new YA series Guinevere is really a Faerie…

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Morgan Le Fay

Morgan Le Fay was the half-sister of King Arthur in many tellings of the Arthurian legends.   She was a faerie woman and sorceress, and is often depicted as an evil figure.   She is mostly depicted as the mother of Mordred, although sometimes Morgause is his mother.   In popular culture Morgan featured in…

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Guinevere and Isolde

The tales of legendary queens Guinevere and Isolde are very similar in many ways.    Both of these woman were in love triangles where they fell in love with knights that served their husbands.   Both were willing to risk their very lives for the love that consumed them.   Both were nearly burned at…

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Courtly Love

The dynamics of courtly love, and the so called games of courtly love were very specific.    The ideation of courtly ideals was incredibly popular throughout Europe in the medieval period.    This usage of courtly love ideals carried over into the Tudor age.    Anne Boleyn, for example, was well versed in the art…

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The Chivalric Code

The medieval code of chivalry is something that was developed and followed by royal knights and kings during the middle ages.   There were several tenets of the code of chivalry. The code of chivalry as listed on medieval-life-and-times.info is as listed below: To fear God and maintain His Church To serve the liege lord…

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