owain of arthurian legend
September 14, 2020

There are several characters from the Arthurian legends who can be identified as real individuals of the fifth and sixth centuries. Owain is one of these individuals. He appears in the legends as one of Arthur’s allies, generally known as ‘Sir Ywain’ in the later romances. Let us now take a look at what we know about…

erec et enide painting
August 31, 2020

Érec et Énide is the second of Chrétien de Troyes’ five romance poems, completed late Twelfth Century AD (c AD 1170).  It is one of the four completed works by Chrétien, the other three being Lancelot, or Le Chevalier de la Charrete (Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart), Cligès, and Yvain, or Le Chevalier…

August 17, 2020

Some of the characters from the Arthurian legends can be identified as definitely historical figures. One of Arthur’s most famous knights, Sir Uriens of Gorre, is one of them. Let us take a look at some of the historical facts about this character, as well as the way he is presented in the legends. The…

brutus of britain
August 3, 2020

Most nations have a legendary founding figure, and Britain is no different. According to the earliest legendary account of the origins of the island, the man who led his nation to ancient Britain and founded the first kingdoms there was named Brutus. Family Let’s first take a look at the legendary family of this man. He…

July 20, 2020

Introduction to the Poem: Structure and Technique Cligès is a poem by the mediæval French poet Chrétien de Troyes, dating from the late 12th Century AD (c 1176).  It is the third of Chrétien’s five Arthurian romances; Lancelot, or Le Chevalier de la Charrete (Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart); Érec et Énide (Erec…

arthur's grave at glastonbury
July 6, 2020

One of the most exciting things about any historical figure is finding out where their body is now located. And there is good reason for believing that King Arthur was historical (see the article ‘Was King Arthur Real?’). That being the case, his body must be somewhere. Of course, it is not the case that…

The Robert de Boron Cycle image
June 22, 2020

An Outline of the Cycle’s Contents The Robert Cycle, or Robert de Boron’s Cycle, is also known as La Grant Estoire dou Graal (The Grand History of the Grail), or Roman du Graal (Romance of the Grail), or Livre du Graal (Book of the Grail), or Le Petit Cycle du Graal (The Lesser Cycle of…

Review: Merlin 1.04 – The Poisoned Chalice
June 15, 2020

Plot Nimueh is mixing up trouble once more with creating the poisoned chalice for Merlin. A great feast is being prepared in honor of King Uther and Lord Bayard unity which begins at this feast. In the company of Lord Bayard Nimueh disguises herself as one of the maid servants so that she can get…

Aurelius Ambrosius
June 8, 2020

Relatively few characters from the Arthurian legends can be definitely confirmed as historical. Aurelius Ambrosius is one of them. He was Arthur’s legendary uncle and he had a large part to play in the founding of Arthur’s dynasty and also in the war against the Saxons. Family The earliest account which gives direct details about Ambrosius’s lineage is…

Review: Merlin 1.03 - The Mark of Nimueh
June 1, 2020

Episode three The Mark of Nimueh brings another side to understanding magic. For magic itself is neither good or bad but a force that is within all living things. It is within the person if the magic will be used for good or evil. As we can see in this episode how each character decides…