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Adar Llwch Gwin

Adar Llwch Gwin  

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[W llwch, dust, powder; gwin, wine].Magical birds of Welsh tradition, belonging to Drudwas ap Tryffin, often equated with griffins. They were given to him by his wife, a fairy woman, and could ...
Alderley Edge (Cheshire)

Alderley Edge (Cheshire)  

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A rocky outcrop near Macclesfield, honeycombed with old mining tunnels. A farmer was once stopped there by a wizard, who insisted on buying his white mare, and led him through huge iron gates inside ...
Annales Cambriae

Annales Cambriae  

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A 10th‐cent. series of Welsh annals, of interest for the information they offer about Gildas and about some aspects of the Arthur story, such as the battles of Badon and Camlan.
Arawn

Arawn  

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In Welsh mythology, the king of Annwn, the underworld, who was said to have made a friend of Pwyll, prince of Dyfed, and to have exchanged kingdoms with him for a year.
Art

Art  

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[Ir., bear, in the sense of champion].A name borne by several legendary heroes, of whom the best known is Art mac Cuinn, as well as some figures in genealogies. The name is sometimes confused with ...
Arthour

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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son of Uther Pendragon, legendary king of Britain. Geoffrey of Monmouth (Gaufride) told the story of his rise

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World Encyclopedia

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Legendary British king who was said to rule the Knights of the Round Table. Two medieval chroniclers, Gildas and Nennius,

Arthur

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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Unlike his supposed historical prototype, the 6th‐c. warrior chieftain of the Britons, the King Arthur of literature is above all

Arthur

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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King Arthur, a character around whom was organised, in medieval romantic literature, an ideal court attracting marvellous adventures, is situated

Avalon

Avalon  

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In Arthurian legend, the place to which Arthur was conveyed after death; in Welsh mythology, the kingdom of the dead.
Balder

Balder  

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In Scandinavian mythology, a son of Odin and god of the summer sun. He was invulnerable to all things except mistletoe, with which the god Loki, by a trick, induced the blind god Hödur to kill him.
balores

balores  

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[Corn., chough].Crow-like bird, species pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, with black feathers and red beak and feet. The bird, usually named with the definite article, An Balores, is an emblem for Cornish ...
battle of Mount Badon

battle of Mount Badon  

c.ad 500.*Gildas, the chronicler of the decline of Roman Britain, attached great significance to this British victory, which he saw as giving 40 years of respite from the Saxon advance. The most ...
bear

bear  

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A bear is the type of an uncouth and savage creature. In medieval usage, also taken as symbolizing sloth and gluttony.A bear is the emblem of St Gall, a 7th-century Irish monk and hermit living in ...
Bendigeidfran

Bendigeidfran  

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[W Brân, (raven or carrion crow) the blessed].Celtic sea-deity, later described as a king of Britain; a leading figure in early Welsh narrative. ‘Bendigeidfran’ or Brân ‘the Blessed’ is a form that ...
Black Book of Carmarthen

Black Book of Carmarthen  

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A 12th‐cent. Welsh manuscript containing a collection of ancient Welsh poetry, interesting for references to King Arthur.
Breuddwyd Rhonabwy

Breuddwyd Rhonabwy  

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[W, Dream of Rhonabwy].Welsh title for the 12th- or 13th-century Welsh Arthurian narrative usually known in English as The Dream of Rhonabwy or Rhonabwy's Dream. Although its date is uncertain, ...
Brutus

Brutus  

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The extraordinary legend that Britain had been ‘founded’ by Brutus, great‐grandson of Aeneas of Troy, haunted men's imagination for centuries. Geoffrey of Monmouth, in the 12th cent., related how ...
C. H. Sisson

C. H. Sisson  

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(1914– ),British poet and translator, born in Bristol, where he read Philosophy and English at the University. He began his career in the Civil Service in 1936 and retired as ...
Cadbury Castle

Cadbury Castle  

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Two early antiquaries, John Leland (1542) and William Camden (1586), claimed that this site, a large Iron Age hill-fort about twelve miles from Glastonbury in Somerset, was the Camelot where King ...

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