A brilliant professor once told us that desire always lurks at the heart of Arthurian legends. Desire for glory, for love, for kingdoms, for power over one’s own life. While the desires of Arthurian women often led to unflattering depictions (depictions that Feminist retellings of the legends strive to rehabilitate or explain with a backstory), they also make them some of the legends’ most compelling characters. This is particularly true when magic is involved! With this in mind, today we offer a discussion of our top five most magical women of Arthuriana.
The early sirens, the ones Odysseus encountered, were not fish at all but bird-women, but they had those great siren qualities – bewitching songs and the will to lure the unwitting to a bad end.
If contemporary versions of popular fairy tales are anything to go by, you could be left thinking that women are submissive and dependent on men.
According to British medieval legend and myth, the island now known as Britain was once named Albion after an exiled queen named Albina.
Sexual harassment in Arthurian Legend? Surely not!