I, my brother and sister-in-law have just been for a country walk on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset on the down land there with its spectacular views. Towards the end of this six mile circuit you walk through a lumpy field that was once a Saxon village before reaching the second longest inhabited house in Wiltshire. As luck would have it, the lady of the house came out and invited us in to see the Grand Hall, the Undercroft and the solar, the last two being in their original medieval condition.
However, this building harks back to even earlier times as she told us that it belonged to the ‘Gawn’ family as in ‘Sir Gawain’ who, as many know, was one of the knights of the Round Table of King Arthur. There was a fragment of gold stained glass showing the French Fleur de Lys which is on the Gawn family crest.
One of the missions of the Knights of the Round Table was to ‘rescue damsels in distress’ and this was sorely needed as the estate of womanhood – particularly of the ruling class – had fallen very low following the overthrow of the ruling pagan queen/goddess. In one of the recorded stories, Sir Tristran was incensed by the barbarity of a particular knight whose challenge was that if Sir Tristan’s lady was less fair than his own, she should lose her head but, if the challenging knight’s lady was less beautiful, then she should lose her head. I cannot remember how the story ended but do recall that Sir Tristan taught this knight a sound lesson.
Women today are still being punished from those pagan times when the queen became overmighty. We see this in the male control of women in many cultures and, in particular, how the Muslim faith has come to be interpreted. It is time this stopped as those old energies have been cleared away. Those feelings of hatred towards women – never examined and whose source is never questioned – only exist through habit and custom.