Sunday, August 7, 2011


Sut Mae

pronounced "sit my"

Hello in Welsh, North Wales

Fleur Harris Sky Castle

It's time for

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Now, I'm not going to get into all the Arthurian Theories,
or all the details of the legends and stories.
That would be a huge production!

Besides, I find the whole King Arthur/Lancelot/Guenevere thing very depressing.
I tend to like happy endings!
I do have some fun graphics,
classic paintings
free paperdolls
and cool chivalry quotes!

a tapestry

"Chivalry! - 
Why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection -
the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances,
the curb of the power of the tyrant -
Nobility were but an empty name without her,
and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword."

by Sir Walter Scott

"Heraldic Chivalry" by Alfons Mucha

paperdolls by Tom Tierney, Dover Publications

Pendragon Castle, in Cambria England I believe.
This is thought to be the birthplace of King Arthur.

You know, if there is anyone that is more 'savvy' about King Arthur and his history/legends, please feel free to correct me if I get some facts wrong.
I will post the corrections, and give credit to whomever helped me!


poster for the tv series 'Camelot'

Rubber Stamp Avenue Gallery
artwork by Wilda Dupree, using RSA stamps
web site addy to the right of my blog

'The Temptation of Sir Percival'
by Arthur Hacker

"More than a code of manners in war and love,
Chivalry was a moral system,
governing the whole of noble life..."

- Barbara W. Tuchman,
 from  'A Distant Mirror'

Knight in shining armor

from a wonderful book of the history of armor in paperdolls
courtesy of Origami Bears.
Check out her fantastic website, addy to the right of my blog!

"You who long for the Knightly Order,
It is fitting you should lead a new life;
Devoutly keeping watch in prayer,
Fleeing from sin, pride and villainy;
The Church defending,
The Widows and Orphans succouring.
Be bold and protect the people,
Be loyal and valiant, taking nothing from others.
Thus should a Knight rule himself.

He should be humble of heart and always work,
And follow Deeds of Chivalry.
Be loyal in war and travel greatly;
He should frequent tourneys and joust for his Lady Love;
He must keep honor with all,
So that he cannot be held to blame.
No cowardice should be found in his doings,
Above all, he should uphold the weak,
Thus should a Knight rule himself.

— Eustace Deschamps

King Arthur and his knights riding back to Camelot
Medieval illustration

A Knight's Puzzle:

Print out this sheet first.

Next, print out this sheet.

Help the kids learn how to use scissors, and have them cut out the rectangles.
You can print the above sheet on sticker paper for smaller ones.
I think that if they are too small for scissors,
you cut out the rectangles, and have them practice using a glue stick.
Gotta' get them every little fine motor exercise in when we can!

This little fellow has more costumes, for another day.

Camelot Castle, in early life

by Wilda Dupreeusing all Rubber Stamp Avenue stamps, from RSA Gallery

Embroidery Knight in Armor

The title page for 'The Boy's King Arthur',
illustrated by N.C.Wyeth

Movie still from "Camelot", c.1960
Robert Goulet, Julie Andrews and Richard Burton

movie photo, Richard Burton (King Arthur) and Julie Andrews (Queen Guinevere)

by the way, I found the name Guinevere spelled like that,
and also Guenevere.
I am more accustomed to the first, but found many samples of the second.
So, I'll interchange them!

 "Queen Guinevere A'Maying"
by John Colllier

"Guinevere, Queen of the Tournament"
by Herbert Draper

rubber stamp avenue card Gallery

'How Sir Belvedere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water'
by Aubrey Beardsley

"Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids,

no matter how poor and plain and prim,

for the only chivalry  worth having

is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old,

protect the feeble, and serve womankind,

regardless of rank, age, or color."

— Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

'Road to Camelot'
by George Henry Boughton

One of a number of paintings that Michael Jackson commissioned from Nordahl.
This one features Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley.

"Society expected each man

to aspire constantly to Chivalric Behavior;

 in return, they gave him an honorable place

in the union of men..."

—Arno Borst, Medieval Worlds

Well, that's it for today!
Yep, I have more Camelot and castles and knights and queens....
for another time.

Don't forget to smile at a stranger today!


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