Morgaine/Morgan Le Fay

MORGAINE or Morgan Le Fay was the half-sister of the legendary King Arthur. I say legendary because there is little historical information on which to base his existance. The first reference to him in text is in a sixth century poem by Aneirin called Y Gododdin. Geoffrey of Monmouth, writing in the 12th century, is believed to have drawn on the heavy oral tradition of Arthur's existance when writing his History of the Kings of Britain. There was much controversy about his work, and Geoffrey was referred to as a fabulator and writer of lies. However, the legend of King Arthur grew and grew and it was Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur in 1469 which really laid out many of the tales which have subsequently been alloted to this Celtic British figure. Morgaine/Morgan Le Fay - the spelling is interchangeable - was the daughter of the Duke of Cornwall and the Lady Igraine. Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, seduced Igraine by the use of Merlin's magic and begat Arthur. Morgaine was sent to a convent, originally to become a nun. Legend, however, has her learning magic and becoming an enemy of Arthur. she is believed to have seduced Arthur and given birth to Mordred - who later mortally wounds his uncle/father, while at the same time, receiving a fatal injury from Arthur's famous sword, Excalibur. But, who is to say what is myth and what is fact. In simple terms, the legend of King Arthur and Morgan Le Fay has enthralled readers for more than 500 years.

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