Jude Law as Vortigern
November 11, 2019

Vortigern, called “Gurthigern” by monk Gildas, was a 5th century ruler known for inviting the Saxons to Britain in order to stop the Picts and Scots from their incursions and allowing them to control the land. Vortigern is not a name per se; it means “Supreme Lord”. His actual name is unknown as are many…

Morgause from the TV show Merlin, from BBC.
October 28, 2019

Morgause (also known as Mogawse) is a lesser known character in Arthurian lore, but one of particular importance in many versions. The Literary History of Morgause In the 11th century, Morgause was known only as Orcades which is linked to the Latin name for the Orkney Islands. This is where Gawain, one of Mogause’s sons,…

Ygraine from the show, Camelot
October 21, 2019

Igraine is the mother of Arthur, formerly Duchess of Tintagel and later the Queen of England. According to the Welsh tradition, her name was Eigyr or Eigr. She’s the daughter of a prince. She also has a son named Gormant and seven brothers and two sisters. In the English tradition she had three husbands before…

A tapestry of King Arthur.
September 30, 2019

The central figure of interest in this period of history is the man known as Arthur. He was the mighty military leader who led the kings of Britain into battle against the Saxons as they tried to progressively conquer more and more of the island. While not described as such in the earliest records, he…

Tom Thumb in a hand.
September 16, 2019

The story of Tom Thumb is one of the first recorded English Tales. He has been a popular character in the English myths and legends for centuries. His story was originally printed in 1621 by Richard Johnson. Tom Thumb’s Birth Back in days of King Arthur’s reign, Old Thomas and his wife had desires to…

King Pellinore
September 2, 2019

Pelinore or King Pelinore is the King of Listenoise also known as Northumberland. He is said to be of the royal bloodline of St Joseph of Arimathea, the dynasty that protected the Holy Grail based on the Arthurian lore.  He is directly the son of King Pellam and the brother of King Pelleas and Allain…

July 15, 2019

Morgan Le Fay has been portrayed in various styles and forms throughout history. Her character has been proposed to be good or evil, depending on the century and author that is followed. The fact she is seen as the hero and villain makes her an intriguing character. Jen PrettyJen Pretty lives in the great white…

A depiction of Cerdic from the 1611 Saxon Heptarchy
July 8, 2019

The first king of the kingdom of Wessex, and certainly one of the most interesting of its kings, was a man known as Cerdic. A considerable amount of speculation has been made concerning who this man really was, where he came from, and how he may relate to the Arthurian legends. Caleb HowellsCaleb Howells is…

Sir Agravain fan art
July 1, 2019

Sir Agravain is the second and most unpleasing son of King Lot of Orkney and Queen Morgause. Queen Morgause ( Anna ) is the sister to King Arthur, thus making Sir Agravain King Arthur’s nephew, brother to Sir Gawain, Gaheris, and Mordred as his half-brother. He was knighted in King Arthur’s court because of his…