Le Morte d'Arthur: Queen Gwenyvere Rode on Maying LbNA # 47167
|Owner||The Red Cat|
|Placed Date||May 2 2009|
Hike Length: about 1 mile round trip
Le Morte d'Arthur was written by Sir Thomas Mallory and is thought to be the first written collection of legends relating to the mysterious King Arthur and his court. It was originally written in eight books and in Middle English. It's been edited and published several times since it was originally written and has been the inspiration for countless poems, books, and movies.
Queen Gwenevere is the wife of King Arthur. Each version of the Arthur legends portrays Gwenevere in a slightly different way, ranging from a misunderstood and powerful woman to a not-so nice woman where it's difficult to picture Lancelot, much less Arthur falling in love with her. The one thing that all versions agree on is that she was the paramour of Lancelot.
Gwenevere would have gone a-Maying on May 1st (May Day) and would have ridden out with other young ladies of her court to gather flowers to make garlands for their homes. They would have had male escorts. I'll leave it to your imagination to picture what else went on during that day (but don't worry, this stamp is totally kid friendly).
The stamp is based on Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations for Le Morte d'Arthur.
Time for some research!
A. The 1967 movie "Camelot" was nominated for five Oscars. How many did it win?
B. Le Morte d'Arthur was first published by William Caxton, one of the first people to introduce the printing press to England. In what year was Caxton's edition of Le Morte d'Arthur published?
C. Vanessa Redgrave played Gwenevere in the 1967 movie "Camelot". How old will she turn in 2025?
D. Franco Nero played Lancelot in the 1967 movie "Camelot". How old was he the year the movie came out?
Now for the clues!
Gwenyvere rode from the Pavilion at Ritter Farm Park, up a large hill and back down. She crossed a bridge and headed up the path. When she came across a chance to head left, she continued straight and enjoyed the view through the trees of the lake on her right. She passed a post that had a single diamond and continued up the hill to shelter (Answer A + 1). From this shelter she headed at (Answer B - 1135) degrees. Soon she decided to leave her trusty steed behind and took (Answer C) steps and noticed a twin-trunked tree at (Answer D + 4) degrees that had most of its branches hanging over the trail. She walked to the back of the tree and decided to take a rest. She sat down not in the fallen hollow log, but in the space between the two surviving trunks (the space is a lot deeper than you'd think). There are some thorny trees guarding the Queen, so please be careful!
Please remember to re-hide this regal lady well!