Great history lesson, whether fact or fiction.
As someone who has studied the “Arthurian period” at length I have noticed some things that irritate and frighten me. First Knight comes to mind, being wrong in its interpretation and understanding of the story, in error about the love triangle, the philosophies involved, and the armaments. But I have learned to live with it and media like it. After all if a person wants the romantic delusions of the Arthurian period they are either going to enjoy it blissfully or enjoy it despite me.
But for those who want to understand, the socio-economic situation was a fascinating one. Today I would like to start with the bard. Bards have been explained as the storytellers, the entertainers, the keepers of culture. And they were. There is no accurate source that tells us how long they studied their craft, or exactly what they had to learn before they were allowed to…
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Comments on: "The Socio-Economic Importance of the Bard" (2)
I’m hooked on historical fiction and love Shakespeare.The article was intriguing. It was the picture and the Bard that drew my attention. Just started following this blog. Glad that I did! 🙂
I love his blog. But then again, I love Arthurian stuff. Garry thinks of bards not only as the first spin doctors and agents, but the first reporters. Even though they weren’t much concerned with facts 🙂