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Vis and Ramin – Iran – West Asian stories

By |2018-04-25T23:57:31+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

A Parthian noblewoman This is a story from the Parthian Empire, but the earliest written version that we still have is by the Islamic poet Gorgani, about 1050 AD: King Mobad of Marv saw the beautiful Queen Shahru, and asked her to marry him, but she was already married. Instead, Queen Shahru promised to send King Mobad her daughter to marry, [...]

Tristan and Isolde – King Arthur’s Round Table

By |2018-04-22T10:26:50+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Tristan and Isolde, in a German woodcut (1400s AD) In the story, Isolde was a princess in Ireland, and a great healer. She was the best doctor in the land. One day this guy Tristan shows up. He's been sent by his uncle King Mark to get Isolde and bring her back for King Mark to marry. [...]

King Arthur and Mordred – Medieval England

By |2017-08-04T07:46:35+00:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

King Arthur (Flores Historiarum, 1200s AD) Mordred first shows up in writing as early as 960 AD. His name's in the Annales Cambriae, in the entry for the year 537 AD. He may even have been a real person, though stories grew up around him later. The story tells us that as King Arthur got older, he [...]