Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Arthurian Tales


Hi there

I'm still quilting well hand quilting on the orange and cream PDSA quilt. When not sleeping trying to battle the pain in the legs I'm hand quilting away and researching on the net.

I have put this information on for Pam and anyone else who's interested in Arthurian legend.

Its really interesting isn't it. Im excited because I have a freind who lives in Flintshire and gosh her name is ROSE. Ive known Rose for years a wonderful freind. We used to ride our horses together in Germany and have a wonderful time galloping through the fields and woods, gosh I was so brave and so honoured to of had that experience at the time.

One day when... ha ha some hundred quilts later and when I have saved up I will go for riding lessons again and get back on the horses. I feel I have something from my past life there I just love riding free on a horse. I hope you enjoy this information it is so interesting,

One day I'm going to drag poor Jim to these places to have a look round and go to Glastonbury spend some time there which is suppose to be a wonderful spiritual place too. How exciting.



King Arthur Legendary ruler of Camelot, King of the Britons and Celtic Kingdoms.
Born:
500s
Place of Birth:
Cornwall. Final resting place could be Rhosesmor, Flintshire
Biography:
The King Arthur of Romance is said to have been born in Cornwall, ruled from Winchester and buried at Glastonbury, but long before the medieval romances Arthur was traditionally linked with many places in Wales, writes Scott Lloyd.
Here in NE Wales we have many sites with Arthurian connections. One of the best known is Maen Huail in Ruthin. Tradition tells that Arthur and a man named Huail had affection for the same lady and fought a duel. Arthur was injured and Huail swore never to mention this event under the pain of death.
Sometime later Arthur was dancing with some women in Ruthin and Huail, watching on, said: "The dancing would be alright were it not for the limp". Incensed that Huail had broken his vow not to mention this injury in public, Arthur had him beheaded on a nearby stone. This stone became known as Maen Huail (the stone of Huail) and can still be seen today on the square in Ruthin.
The same story also relates that Arthur had a court at Caerwys, near Holywell, and a chapel called Capel y Gwial (Chapel of the Sticks) at nearby Nannerch, near Mold, a site now lost.
On the side of the road near Loggerheads Country Park, near Mold, is a stone known as Carreg Carn March Arthur, which shows the imprint of Arthur's horse's hoof as he leapt from a nearby cliff to escape the invading Saxons.
In the hills above Llansannan, near Denbigh, is a strange rock formation known as Bwrdd Arthur (Arthur's table) and another site of the same name can be found on the Berwyn hills above Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog. Further evidence of Arthurian connections can be found in the Clwydian hills. The hillfort on the summit of the steep sided hill Moel Arthur carries his name and tradition records that his sword Excalibur was buried under a rock near the summit of the adjoining hill Pen y Cloddiau.
A poem from the 13th century states that Arthur fought at a hill next to Moel Famau called Foel Fenlli, the home of a wicked tyrant named Benlli, who was later struck down by fire at the request of Saint Germanus.
The Llangollen area contains many places attached to Arthur, such as Craig Arthur, the largest cliff in the Eglywseg valley, Croes Gwenhwyfar, which may well preserve the name of his wife, the daughter of Ogrfan Gawr who lived in the hillfort at Old Oswestry. The Castle of Dinas BrĂ¢n high above the town was once said to have been the home of the Holy Grail and some maintain that it lies hidden in a cave deep below the castle.
Arthur's final resting place is known to most as Avalon, but Welsh texts record the name as Afallwch and at Rhosesmor there is a hillfort known as Caerfallwch (Fort of Afallwch) - could there be a connection?
Above are just a few of the many sites with Arthurian connections in this part of the world, but there are others.
Thanks: With thanks to Scott Lloyd for contributing this article. He is the co-author of The Keys to Avalon, published by HarperCollins, which links the story of King Arthur to North Wales. Scott works at NEWI's Centre for Arthurian Studies, Wrexham.

1 comment:

mamaspark said...

This was great information! I am currently in Grand Rapids as my dad is in the hospital with a lung infection. I will be in touch soon though and this post certainly gave me something to take my mind off his issues!!