Mordred: revisionism

Discussion in 'History Talk' started by Abishai100, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Abishai100

    Abishai100 New Member

    Consumerism culture in our modern times creates a colloquialization of history that is connected to economics-driven lifestyle talk. Hence, we see the popularity of capitalism-celebratory American comic book avatars such as Richie Rich (a young boy who uses his incredible inherited wealth to go on adventures and missions tackling the schemes of sinister tyrants).

    This sort of 'shop talk' motivates scholars to re-cast old world historical characters in a new light of colloquialized academics. For example, we can reference the 'demon knight' character of Mordred, sworn nemesis of the fabled kingdom of Camelot from Old England to discuss ideas about profiteerism courage since such discussions stir the curiosity of today's history students.

    It's no wonder that these days, Hollywood (USA) makes 'layman archaeology' movies such as "Avatar" (2009).


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  2. Abishai100

    Abishai100 New Member

    The Lady of the Lake is the name of the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. She plays a pivotal role in many stories, including giving King Arthur his sword Excalibur, enchanting Merlin, and raising Lancelot after the death of his father. Different writers and copyists give the Arthurian character the name Nimue, Viviane, Vivien, Elaine, Ninianne, Nivian, Nyneve, or Evienne, among other variations (source of information: Wikipedia).

    In Arthurian legend, she helps both Arthur and Lancelot but not Mordred (who is depicted as a nemesis). We can keep evaluating this dichotomy of bestowment or we can derive alternative theories (perhaps medical).

    For example, what if we imagine that the Lady of the Lake is a purely fictional being who represents counsel, inspiration, and aide to those who suffer from reproductive disabilities such as Kallman syndrome (thereby affording her a special 'medicinal' power and revealing her to be a symbol of fertility rather than one of power or mystery).

    Such a theory would sit well with new age revisionist theories regarding a Functionalism approach to history (e.g., economics/farming based assessment of feudal politics).

    Imagine that someone in modern times afflicted with Kallman syndrome is exposed to a revisionist history theory/model that suggests the Lady of the Lake is an 'angel of pity' or 'comfort' to those unable to engage in intercourse or reproduce and give birth to fertile offspring.

    It is interesting to note that numerous new age films re-interpreting Arthurian legend (e.g., First Knight, King Arthur) cast the kingdom of Camelot as an empirical war-zone (and hence Mordred as a 'minister' of politics --- rather than as a 'deacon' of revolution).

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