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Medieval Tales of Mystery
by Gwen Dickerson

Saturday, June 18, 2005
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Tell me tales of mystery
Engage me with those of myth or fact

Tell me about Merovingian Kings
About the truth of Mary Magdalene
Was she mis-represented throughout history?
Enlighten me, I pray thee, tell me

And what of The Knights Templar?
Those warrior priests of spiritual causes
Protectors and defenders of a cup
Or was it a blood line?
That blood line theory blows my mind!

Let's speak of the Cathars and their plight
Let's ponder what happened at Montsegur
About battles fought by Popes and Kings
About seekers and collectors of many things
Treasures, material and treasures, spiritual

What about the Arthurian tales?
Those grail romances and their gallant knights
Their fervent chants of "Might for Right!"
What of Glastonbury's bodies buried within?
The remains of Guinevere and Arthur the King?

Oh, tell me of Solomon and Sheba's queen
About a treasure transported by Menelik
What about Axum in Ethiopia
A branch of a priestly line therein...huh?
Their claims make me wonder
Just how many Arks were made...huh?
Was one ever there? Is it still there?
If not, is one still hidden in Israel somewhere?

Arks? Cups? Blood lines?
Tales centuries old, told and re-told
Tales of church, kingship and dynasty
Tales of thrones, bones and travesty
Will we ever untangle their true history?

Come! Dumbfound and anger me
Entertain and inspire me
Let's investigate medieval history
Tell me those tales of mystery

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Reviewed by Lori M (Reader) 9/8/2005
Ah, the mysteries of history! Good poem! A pleasure to read!
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 7/11/2005
somebody's been reading about the cathar heresy, lol, beautiful, wonderfully exquisite imaginings, and, perhaps, mysterious reality, right? a beautiful tribute, you tie together some important elements, although in speaking of those times and places, the beginning of the inquisition and the knights templar, you MUST illuminate the founding of the americas, secret societies, and this country's role in the ongoing mystery to bear as part deaux, perchance? lol well done!
Reviewed by Lee Garrett 7/9/2005
A great write. Tales of mystery enrapture because a good story is often loved better than dusty facts and ancient relics. In the end, the surreal truths they hold may not even need a foundation to be of service to the soaring heart.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/7/2005
I love this. Mysteries intrigue me and as I grow, the Spirit helps filter out the BS. So much of it matters little in the end. ;-) ~~Nordette
Reviewed by M Flack 7/7/2005
Well to begin with...

Mary Magdalene: Could well have been the bride of Jesus. Hence the marriage feat in which Jesus is asked to take care of the wine. Which for an honoured guest, would not be expected of him. It also ties in well with the Templar Knights.

The Knights Templar: Were at odds with the Knights Hospital. Who also saw themselves as the defenders of the pilgrims. Though it was the Knights Templars who started the first cheque system in which pilgrims would hand over money and receive a letter of credit to be cashed in when (or if) they reached the Holy Land. They (Knights Templar) were savagely tortured by the French King for acts of Blasphemy, Heresy, and Demon Worship. Though the real reason was the amassed wealth they had gained over the years. They may have changed into what is now known as the Masonic Lodge of Scotland.

Guinevere and Arthur the King: Good question. Seems some if not most of the tails are based on several archetype of English history. Though the truth may not be fully known. Perhaps digging up their graves and examining the remains would shed some light.

The Ark: There were many replica Arks created. To both keep the peace amongst the tribes of Israel. And to provide spiritual centres for the faithful. They seem to have been made of all sorts of material. Not always keeping to the written dimensions in the Bible. But more in keeping with the material at hand. And the finances of those making them.

Arks? Cups? Blood lines: Well so far I have read the Ark described as being everything from a Chalice used at the last supper. A glass vial used to catch the blood of Jesus. The child Jesus and Mary had. And a small meteorite with some unusual properties. Much like the Philosophers Stone. Open for interpretation. Perhaps.

Cathars and Montsegur: I'm at a loss here. As I had not come across this piece of history. But now that you mentioned it I'll start reading up on it. Sounds like a fascinating area of human experience.

Hope my reply wasn't too long. Just thought your poem deserved something more then a few words…
Reviewed by Aberjhani 7/5/2005
A soulfully passionate read that stirs the hunger in one's spirit as much for the eternal mysteries as for the answers that continue to elude us:-)
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/28/2005
Wow! What a fascinating and intriguing write! Well written Gwen!!

God bless,

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/27/2005
ah, the mysteries of history, always fertile ground. nice read, Gwen!
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 6/26/2005
You've told a cracking tale here Gwen, a mesmerizing read, thanks...Mark x
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/25/2005

"Medieval Tales of Mystery" indicates that its author
knows the answer... or at least knows where to get them.

An enjoyable reading from a magnificent writing of poetic-historic
subjects. "Medieval Tales of Mystery" will blink its light through
the millennia.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by jude forese 6/24/2005
captivating and much to be pondered ...
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/24/2005
Dear friend....such a precious write...lets go together my n luck....BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 6/23/2005
Dear Gwen,
I haven't had much time to read poetry but I'm so glad I stumbled onto your den this morning. This is fantastic. I've asked so many of the same questions and have a great interest in ancient and medieval history. I recently completed work on a documentary called 'The Kensington Runestone enigma' and I hope you'll take the time to pop into my den and read about it.
Wishing you continued success with your writing.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/20/2005
... Wish someone would tell me, too... I am almost sitting on top of Glastonbury and Stonehenge and I am none the wiser... to my shame. And, gosh, it freaks me out that, here I am, soaking up the vibes through the very pores of my skin and there you are, sitting wondering about it all... ain't life strange?! :)) TY for making me appreciate, Gwen. Tantalising write. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/20/2005
Where would you like me start...there is much that should stay hidden and remain a mystery, for the truth is too astounding and would destroy many idea's and concepts we hold dear. Excellent write Gwen.

Reviewed by Handsum Hart 6/19/2005
A stunning write, truly old school in beauty.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/19/2005
Are you sitting comfortably. Ok then I'll begin..

These thoughts sure do give a thirst, guess that's what makes me love these isles so much..
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/19/2005
Talk about entertaining!! Got it, girl!!
Thanks for posting this clever and
thought-provoking piece. Phyllis <3
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/18/2005
I love a good tale too :-) Love the feeling of excitment in this write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/18/2005
Gwen a stupendous write! I absolutely love this one!
You have penned a masterpiece! Makes me wonder if we
are doing anything in this present era;-)methinks we can't
find ourselves!hahaha

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/18/2005

A wonderful invitation to explore those medieval tales...well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Steve Patterson 6/18/2005
guess we all like a good story

well written. well read
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 6/18/2005
Yes! Let's go on a quest!
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 6/18/2005
Delightful write. Just for fun, look up the history of Baron Ochs who was immolated by his peasants. (Misbehavior runs deep in my family.)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/18/2005
Aw, yes, indeedy, history and fables all represent the vision and back-look of those of that generation who are in power. Making it real enough and slanting just a bit to your side, uh, huh, there it all is, a fine mess to try and sort out. Loved the poem.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/18/2005
An enthralling creation, Gwen. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 6/18/2005
an engaging write, Gwen. you really got at the heart of how we all love a good story that seems to shed light on where and who and how we are today. Dawn
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/18/2005
Let's investigate medieval history

Yes, let's, Gwen; it truly is a most fascinating subject, and this is a most captivating write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/18/2005
fascinating and compelling read, gwen! very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

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