character: guinevere

So I don’t normally post but I came across this painting called ‘The Accolade’ by Edmund Blair-Leighton while researching for my essay on gender identity and Malory and I found it really beautiful and fascinating. It’s of Queen Guinevere knighting Lancelot. Knights were usually knighted by their King, but Lancelot deliberately avoids receiving the sword from Arthur because he intends for Guinevere to give him the honour instead. Not only does this highlight his overwhelming love (he says himself that he loved her ‘oute of measure’) and respect for her, but it also acts as a pledge of his loyalty and service to her, and thus he would serve as the Queen’s knight as opposed to the King’s. The Queen becomes Lancelot’s lord and master, subverting all our expectations about gender and power in the medieval court.

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→ legendary figures works: Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory

“And when matins and the first mass was done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone four square, like unto a marble stone; and in midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:—Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England.”

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Merlin Cast x Animals

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King Arthur, the lion. For what animal better fits Camelot’s bravest King than the king of the jungle himself? Our mighty King is as fierce, brave, and bold as any lion.

Merlin, the young owl. For beneath the clumsy surface of Camelot’s most loyal manservant, lies the wisdom of the great and wise owl.

Lady Guinevere, the Lynx. For what other feline can match the innocent beauty and fierce love of Camelot’s most fitting queen?

Lady Morgana, the serpent. For within the eyes of the snake, lies corruption. And within the lips of the snake, lies poison. And just as a snake, our Lady is as beautiful as she is deceitful and cruel.

Mordred, the crow. For what darker omen is there than the crow? And what better suits the murderer of Camelot’s greatest King, than the darkest omen itself.

Sir Lancelot, the German Shepherd. For who is more loyal or more brave than he who would give is own life for that of his King? And none are more loyal or brave than man’s age old companion.

Sir Percival, the bull. For what animal, if not the bull, could possibly fight with as much power and strength as Camelot’s most powerful muscle.

Sir Leon, the wolf. For within him is the strength to lead, just as the mighty wolf leads its pack. And within his eyes is a passion for Camelot that mimics the wolf’s passion for the moon.

Sir Gwaine, the stallion. For only a stallion can embody the rogue nature, brute strength, undying loyalty, and handsome bod of Camelot’s strength himself.

Sir Elyan, the elephant. For his love for his sister is as undying and strong as an elephants. His wildness, like the mighty elephant, is only tamed by his love and loyalty to his fellow Knights. And his strength is greatest when he fights for those he loves.

Gaius, the elderly owl. For who is it that bestows his knowledge on our young owl, Merlin? Is it not, Gias, the man who takes the place of the young warlock’s father? And what animal can better father a young owl, if not but another owl?

Uther, the eagle. For he is as merciless as the eagle who snatches its prey in remorseless talons. He is powerful, as is the eagle is. And he draws respect from the fear of those he reigns over as the eagle does.

Agravaine, the rat. For what can match the eery darkness and grotesque nature of this traitor better than a filthy pest such as the rat.

Lady Mythian, the arctic fox. For her beauty is as pure and elegant as the lovely fox. And her composure is just as swift and just as lovely.

Morgause, the weasel. For her essence is as corrupt as nature’s sneakiest and most treacherous of creatures, the weasel.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that fandom will advocate the romantic sub-plot between two main characters, unless one character is portrayed by an actor who is a person of colour. This phenomenon within white fandom is called ‘why can’t they remain as friends, I feel a certain discomfort with a potential relationship between *insert ship*, for which the strength of this WOC will be threatened by any romantic subtext because every woman of colour is an island”. This phenomena or “discomfort” is commonly known as racism.