Hippoi Athanatoi

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This is from the academic track, titled “Questioning Camelot”. Pictured are the moderator Edward James, Dr. Faye Ringel, and Dr. Kari Maund. Dr. Ringel’s topic, “When Knighthood was in Flour”, was an amusing look at the use of the Arthurian legendarium for social, political, and even commercial purpose in late 19th century America (the highlight was the girl’s youth league known as the Queens of Avalon, with all the girls taking names like Lady Florence Nightingale or Lady Victoria of England;  the head of each group was known as Morgan le Fay). It was interesting.

Dr. Maund’s was quite cool, as it shot down many pre-conceptions regarding Celtic attitudes towards women, as well as other things, thanks to Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon. We had to leave for another pair of panels before this was done, so didn’t get a chance to see the Q&A session.

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