St. Patrick’s Day Drinks: Arthurian Edition

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I want to preface this by saying I’m not at all much of a drinker– and am also one of those people who celebrates today for Irish heritage and not so much for the idea of getting drunk. That said. We all love to get at least a little lit forContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Drinks: Arthurian Edition”

Activities for International Women’s Day: Arthurian Edition

Happy International Women’s Day! Arthurian Legend has a good deal of phenomenal women in it, does it not? I thought about this last night and compiled a list of fun activities to do in honor of Women’s Day (and all month!) inspired by some of the women of the Legend. ❤ Let’s get to celebrating!Continue reading “Activities for International Women’s Day: Arthurian Edition”

Black Voices in Arthurian Legend

Hello, friends! I know it’s been so very long since my last post– but I’m back and looking forward to being more active on here again! As we end Black History Month, I wanted to share a few quick thoughts and some great names that deserve mentioning. 🙂 While the Arthurian Legend is rooted inContinue reading “Black Voices in Arthurian Legend”

Arthurian Tea Collection

It’s here! Many of you already know about the collection of loose leaf teas I’ve been selling on Etsy. For those who don’t: Of Swords and Magic officially has a tea collection! It’s available here but I figured I’d share a quick little bit about each of the blends on the blog. Each one isContinue reading “Arthurian Tea Collection”

“Hawk of May”: Book Discussion

So I finally finished Gillian Bradshaw’s Hawk of May this week. I have to sing its praises for a brief minute! This 5th century tale is steeped in British history and culture, with a simple yet riveting plot line and a delicious touch of magic. It seems like the Arthurian audience is divided in halfContinue reading ““Hawk of May”: Book Discussion”

Mabon Apple-Carrot Harvest Cake Recipe

Happy first day of fall and Blessed Mabon, y’all! Mabon is the celebration of the arrival of autumn, falling each year on the fall equinox. The name “Mabon” derives from the name of the Welsh god of light, Mabon ap Modron, son of the Earth Mother goddess, Modron (or Matrona). Modron is believed by some toContinue reading “Mabon Apple-Carrot Harvest Cake Recipe”

Celtic Deities and Arthurian Legend

Celtic Deities and Arthurian Legend An in-depth exploration of the connection between Celtic gods and Arthurian characters Hi, friends! So sorry for the huge gap in between posts. A lot’s been going on in my life but we’re finally getting back to a semi-normal schedule! Which means it’s time to get back to researching andContinue reading “Celtic Deities and Arthurian Legend”

Arthurian Winter Feast Recipes

If there’s one thing that King Arthur does well in every version of the legend, it’s hosting a feast. Whether it’s for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Pentecost, Easter, Beltane, Midsummer, or literally any wedding, Arthur knows how to plan a BOMB banquet. Just take a look at Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Le MorteContinue reading “Arthurian Winter Feast Recipes”

The Cultural Diversity of the Round Table

The Knights of the Round Table are all known to be perfectly English. For some reason. The first thought that usually comes to mind upon hearing the words, “King Arthur”, is Medieval England. And it should be. It has become an English legend, after all. But Medieval England held much more cultural diversity within itselfContinue reading “The Cultural Diversity of the Round Table”

The Role of the Woman: Then vs. Now

In honor of International Women’s Day, (I’m late but it still counts!) I wanted to discuss the role of the woman in Arthurian legend. It’s changed drastically since the 1180’s, when women started to play a more central part in the tales. From submissive maidens floating around towers to warrior women dominating and bending societalContinue reading “The Role of the Woman: Then vs. Now”