Flying Buttresses,
Rheims Cathedral, late C13th
Cf. Sir Orfeo ll. 361-62
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Sir Orfeo

  • Wayland's Smithy: a well-known Neolithic long barrow in Oxfordshire (constructed c.3700-3400 B.C.). In the Middle Ages, sites such as this were often associated with supernatural agency--thus the association of this long barrow with the Nordic god Wayland. Perhaps the "roche" through which Orfeo passes (ll. 347-48) to reach the realm of the fairies was envisioned by the author as a structure similar to this. For more information on Wayland's Smithy and other such sites, visit the Stones of England website.

The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Watheleyne

The Weddyng of Syr Gawen and Dame Ragnell for Helpyng of Kyng Arthoure


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