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    roll-maker wished to demonstrate how a Queen should both be and act in order to support the peace and harmony of the nation, and to demonstrate that a woman’s correct place was to support her husband. The roll-maker selected women to include if they played a part in establishing the legal, cultural, and social heritage of the contemporary times. The roll-maker notes that, according to some chroniclers, Marcia, the wife of King Guthelin, reigned for twelve years. Despite this, the text mainly focuses on the fact that Guthelin named the first laws of the Britons, Martian law, after her. As Higden states that Marcia did rule, the roll-maker obviously consulted further texts. Geoffrey of Monmouth instead suggests that it may have been Marcia who devised the law. Therefore, if the roll-maker consulted Geoffrey of Monmouth for this part of the text, he consciously overlooked this information. If so, he sought to retain the image of a dynasty-establishing king, transferring the power from the Queen to the King. The nation-building aspect can also be seen through the inclusion of Gewysia, the wife of Claudius. The roll-maker mentions that Claudius, in celebration of his marriage to the daughter of a King, established of the city of Gloucester. It therefore appears that women were included if they were a source of inspiration to their husbands. This can also be seen by Frealaf, the wife of the Anglo-Saxon god Woden, who is mentioned in the marginal history as being the inspiration…

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    Morgan le Fay is one of the Arthurian Legends and is known for being an evil enchantresses and a witch. Morgan le Fay’s legend goes that she is the half-sister of King Arthur. Morgan le Fay uses her lover, Accolon to steal King Arthur’s sword when this plan does not go as accordingly she throws the sword into the lake. Morgan le Fay is also considered a healer because in Vita Merlini by Geoffrey Monmouth she heals King Arthur’s wounds from the last battle of Calman but the only way that she can…

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    Geoffrey of Monmouth was a English Bishop and author that wrote the Historia regum Britanniæ (History of the Kings of Britain). His works combine the earlier single tales into one grandiose one. Although all the key features of earlier stories are there, the components are sometimes not the same. For instance, Geoffrey states around book VIII chapter one “To your own ruin did you prove a traitor to their father, and invite the Saxons into the island. You invited them for your safeguard; but they…

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    King Arthur Superstition

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    King Arthur was, by all accounts, considered the once and future king of Britain. He was noted for his chivalry and military skill. His knights were the epitome of glamor and gallantry. (“King Arthur and”). There were several versions of this classic tale. In each version the betrayal of his wife, Guinevere, and his most trusted knight, Lancelot and his relative, Mordred are key elements of his demise. However, the tale ends on a happy note. Though dead Arthur was delivered by fairies to the…

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    Arthur transcends time The name King Arthur evokes images of mythical legends and elements that still exist today. The legend of King Arthur effects directors, writers, and even toy makers. But what is it about this legend that fuels our imagination and creativity? Perhaps it is humans desire to see good overcome evil. Some are enthralled with the magical elements. Others love the adaptability of the legend. I believe it is the mixture of good versus evil, magic, and adaptability that…

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    King Arthur overcomes many struggles throughout the two novels, “ The Sword in the Stone” and “ The Queen of Air and Darkness” by T.H. White. These struggles help him to mature throughout the two novels, yet at some points in the novel it is clear that Arthur struggles to completely mature. King Arthur learns a lot about his power, what it means to have his authority and the importance of morality, especially when in a position of power. On the other hand, he knowingly broke the unwritten rules…

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    I believe that the Legend of King Arthur is all fiction without any historical basis because there is no real evidence to support his existence and all of the evidence discovered ended up making more sense than not. Within the documentary, the narrator mentioned suspicious time figures between the evidence that had been mentioned for him. In example, the first writing of King Arthur was discovered three hundred years after his supposed death. This brings up suspicion because you would expect…

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    The Battle of Monmouth and Molly Pitcher There was not a decisive victory during the June 28th 1778 Battle of Monmouth for the Continental Army or the British forces due to the toxic leadership of Major General Charles Lee and many of the British forces suffering from heat related injuries. It was not one of the bloodiest battles of the revolutionary war; there were only around two hundred and thirty casualties’ total, and ninety-six of those where from heat stroke due to the heat wave…

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    Early Medieval Literature

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    Before long, stories of Arthur, his Round Table, and his famed brotherhood of knights took off. Many years later, the legends and tales told by the bards, together with the romantic and courtly tales of King Arthur, were eventually written down and made into a book form, becoming the first written compilation or embodiment of medieval literature (Alchin). According to Leah Shopkow, a History professor at the Indiana University, Geoffrey of Monmouth, a Welsh author and cleric, was the main…

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    Throughout history, there have been several pieces of literature that are remembered for their educational and recreational value. One of these highly acclaimed pieces of work is The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer composed a thrilling frame tale that includes multiple stories within the plot, which encompass several different values that were essential to have when this book was written. Chaucer included 20 different stories into one, with drastic variations of moral and ethical values.…

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