The Mabinogion

'The Marriage Of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere' by John Henry Frederick Bacon. The Lovers;

‘The Marriage Of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere’ by John Henry Frederick Bacon. The Lovers;

There is a special someone in my life,
Of more than significant importance,
And of influence and becoming,
He is a part of my soul, my purpose for living, for laughter and for loving; he
Surpassing all logic and reasoning when it comes to loving him, like an Arthurian Romance.

The Mabinogion tells of a great king of all the Briton’s and how he was made a Welsh king, named Arthur. But was also Roman Emperor by birth. who married the daughter of a Caernarfon-based chieftain.

The tale begins with Him who is also the emperor of Rome. He falls into a deep sleep after going hunting. He dreams of journeys of rivers, of mountains and valleys. The king dreams he will find her in a great city of Caerdydd, (Cardiff) with a vast castle, of Chepstow and harbor for a huge fleet of ships.


He boards the largest ship, which sets sails along the seas and oceans before arriving at Cymru (Wales) wondrous lands. He comes to a castle with a hall covered in gold, silver and precious stones. Seated are two youths playing chess, dressed in jet black satin.

Elsewhere in the hall is a man sitting in an ivory chair, and a maiden of great beauty. The imagemaiden rises from her chair, and the man embraces her. Emperor Macsen Wledig awakes at this point and says to her, “I have found you.


Consumed by love for the maiden seen in his dream, Macsen Wledig seeks until he finds the land of the his dream.

The messengers proclaim the maiden empress of Rome. She tells them she will not go with them to Rome; if Macsen Wledig loves her, he must come to her.

And sphere goes to the maiden, named Helen Luyddawc, from his dream.

“Empress of Rome,” he says, “all hail!” And the emperor throws his arms about her neck, and that night she becomes his bride.

The following day she asks for Britain for her father, and three chief castles made for her, the largest in Arvon. The emperor grants this; the other castles are built in Caerleon and Carmarthen.

The emperor remains for seven years, building castles and roads throughout Britain. The length of time spent away from Rome means he is banished from returning, and he loses his high office and without any regret.

The Mabinogion ~ The Welsh romances were similar to the popular French Arthurian romances written by Chrétien de Troyes (fl. 1165-1190). Since these three romances belonged to the mainstream Arthurian literature.


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