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Re: Excalibur and Eogan's apologizes

Poster: Heather Swann <heather@pop.net>

Aside from all these reasons, belief and interest in the Arthurian dream
and the Victorian  interpretations of the days of Knights and Ladies,
Kings and Queens, and so forth are a big part of what got the SCA off
the ground.  That's why we speak of it as the Dream and not the Study
Hour....not to say we don't do research, etc., but we do also dream
about it....


> Although the Lady's comments about historical accuracy and method are valid,
> it seemed to me that one might, nevertheless, entertain serious historical
> discussion on the topic for a number of reasons. For example:
> (1) The Arthur myth/legend along with its subsidiary and related
> myths/legends, such as Excalibur, were part of the literary and cultural
> worldview of the middle ages, so discussion of the origins of such myths would
> seem to be a valid topic for historical discussion.
> (2) Because iron and, consequently, steel were more rare than gold in early
> times,  Steffan's speculations might explain the origins of a sword which
> formed the basis for the myths/legends of Excalibur.
> It just seems to me that in recreating an era, the beliefs and dreams and
> legends of a people are history, as well. Although understanding the basis of
> such legends may not interest everyone in the Society, the same might be said
> of any individual question someone might raise about the past.
> Respectfully intended,
> Alysoun Ashling
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