Building a Bridge Between Human and Faerie: The Purpose of the Marriage of King Arthur and Queen Gwenevere?

 

Queen Gwenevere, the Faerie Bride
Queen Gwenevere, the Faerie Bride

Is it true?  Was Queen Gwenevere Faerie?  Was her marriage to King Arthur more than a marriage to unite the divided territories of Great Britain around the Roundtable and ensure future progeny?  What was Merlin’s grand design to bring about the conception of Arthur by magical workings of visionary forces and then foster him out to an ordinary common folk family until he was ready for his kingship to commence?  Why did Merlin play an integral role at the dawn of Arthur’s kingship only to see him lose direction and fade away dying an ignominious death at the hands of his bastard son, Mordred?  What failed to be achieved that did not play out on the grand stage that once was Camelot?

The Faerie Queen
The Faerie Queen

Gwenevere appears as a rather lack luster figure in Arthurian legend, neither powerful, having the authority of a Queen or any linkage to a historically recorded figure.  In addition, she did not come into the marriage from among the various families of nobility as a political power alliance with a well-endowed dowry of land.  Her ancestry also seems tenuous at best and of little help to Arthur who unlike other royalty did not inherit his throne but had to fight for it.  Queen Gwenevere is chiefly known for her affair with her husband’s best knight and friend, Lancelot.  Also notable is her childlessness and the constant attempted abductions involving her retrieval back to Camelot by various knights and King Arthur himself.  So what gives? Continue reading “Building a Bridge Between Human and Faerie: The Purpose of the Marriage of King Arthur and Queen Gwenevere?”

Visionary or Magical Realism Fiction?

Magical Realism Art by Tomek Setowski
Magical Realism Art by Tomek Setowski

I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for my book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, but struggled with how to explain it and where to place it on amazon, Goodreads and even in bricks and mortar bookstores.  I knew the book was not pure children’s literature or fantasy.  My story takes place in a real world setting but with some unusual occurrences.  My characters, especially Gran, possesses a spiritual attitude towards the daily world and tried her best to maintain this perspective in response to the unseen within the visible.

Visionary metaphysical magical realism seems to be the most accurate place to land—a combination of the hidden mystery behind the magical realism fiction and the embrace of esoteric wisdom emphasizing the human transformational capacity of visionary fiction.  This type of fiction, according to Italian writer, Massimo Bontempelli, attempts to change the collective consciousness by “opening new mythical and magical perspectives on reality”.

In the genre of magical realism, this is accomplished by blending the supernatural with the natural and familiar world by using the existence of fantasy elements in the real world.  This is not done by inventing new worlds as fantasy books do, but in revealing the magical in this world.  The magical is a common and ordinary occurrence at Brumley Hall and harnessing these magical elements is one of the key themes of the book.  Political critique is often a main or subtext used by magical realists to challenge the reality of established viewpoints.  Cultural clashes are part of this critique.  The Lioness does this by briefly highlighting the political/cultural clashes between China and Tibet and accessing the Celtic mythology of the Faerie.

Visionary Art
Visionary Art

Visionary fiction is similar but focuses more on spiritual and esoteric wisdom relevant to modern realities.  This is accomplished by weaving a story in which the readers experience the wisdom from within themselves vis-aʹ-vis the narrative, characters, setting while keeping any proselytizing or preaching to the barest minimum as possible.  The growth of consciousness envisioning the transformation of humanity is the central theme.

The combination of visionary and magical realism allows me to overcome the “ la la” aspect of being too precious in expressing the spiritual wisdom of the former, but from also succumbing to the harsh political commentary of the latter.   Humor is a necessary leavening agent for keeping the narrative moving and focusing on a great story instead of an overtly spiritual or political agenda.  For more information, click the link on the top page bar.