68A-Morgan le Faye: Get Thee to a Nunnery

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68A-Morgan le Faye: Get Thee to a Nunnery

Sorceress. Confidant. Traitor. Sister.

All of those words describe Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister. She is by far the most complex character I've come across in the Arthurian legends, but she's constantly portrayed in the medieval and early modern texts as a one-note traitorous baddy who is evil because she's an evil sorceress and evil sorceresses are evil. If you're familiar with the legends, you're going to see a Morgan you've never seen before. If you're not, get ready to meet one of the most interesting, tragic figures you'll come across.

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Sir Thomas Malory starts Morgan’s story where we left off today. Basically all of today comes from the French Vulgate, with the addition of Guinevere’s cousin as the knight. I found in numerous places that Morgan hated Guinevere because Guinevere put a stop to the affair with Guiomar, and so that’s why she was trying to kill Guinevere by fright in the Green Knight episode. The French Vulgate contains this first story, but in it the knight isn’t named and is beheaded by Arthur for treason when Arthur chooses to believe Morgan over some unnamed knight. I really wanted to talk about the bit with Guinevere’s cousin and include the French Vulgate story while keeping it consistent with last week, so this seemed like the best way to do it.

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By | 2017-05-02T19:30:50+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Episodes, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 68A-Morgan le Faye: Get Thee to a Nunnery