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?
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?”