getting back to Tombelaine...which in my mind is from "Tumulus Belenis/Belenos" the forerunner to Saint Michael.
but there's lot's of interesting legends and stories...if you've managed to make an inroad into translating what i posted up yesterday...(sorry i can't find any stuff in english)
... anyways, basically in 1048 two monks moved on the isle and built the first houses and a chapelle with cellules all around it on a pilgrimage cult site already dedicated to the god of Light and Psychopomp supreme.. and then to "saint Apollinaire" ( who is obviously a churchified Apollo/Belenos) in 1135 when a wee monastery was founded there by Bernard the Venerable, then the english fortified it during the Hundred Years’ War/1337-1453 by encircling it with walls and building a fortress, the stones of which can still be found if you search long and hard as well as the remains of the circular towers.
This fortress stood on the monticule called La Folie
and in 1450 after the battle of Formigny which put paid to the english once and for all in the area
.... it passed into royal hands in 1592.
..so here it is in all it's glory with it's fortifications before they were destroyed by the order of a certain Louis XIV in 1669 either because he was jealous of his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet or because he wanted to get rid of the pirate base that was being used in the upcoming civil war that was being plotted or whatever...i can't remember
on a more tantalising note there are apparently three souterrains that lead out from under the château of Saint-Jean-le-Thomas (which is now on the mainland due to the tsunami that engulfed the land)...one reputedly comes up on the isle of Tombelaine itself and is still talked about today, so get looking Roscoe, we need a field report ..and another comes out in a secret location near the church of St Jean..these passageways were for the use of Count Montgomery the evil seigneur of Saint-Jean-le-Thomas who was at the head of the Huguenots, he used Tombelaine as his arsenal and it's where he fabricated these armes and made his gold and hid his treasure and locked up his poor lover who pined away and died and if anyone cares to read the legends of the these underground passages and the real story of poor Hélène...here it is....and no, not a whiff of old King Cole anywhere.http://www.france-pittoresque.com/spip.php?article1992
Yes I'll be out to Tombelaine soon. Problem is this bay has the second highest tide in the world. Got to be quick.
When I was at Mont St Michael last year I noticed a party of school children being taken across the sand to Tombelaine. That would just about do me if I got there only to find NOISE. This happened to me whilst I was in the Broceliande Forest. French school children seem to have this ability to all talk at once, but nevertheless utterly charming little B.......
Meanwhile back to Elaine as in the Tomb of Elaine. (maybe)
The Lady Elaine is the Lady of Shallot
No other individual has been such as popular subject by Pre-Rafealite painters including John William Waterhouse:
The Lady of Shalot by John William Waterhouse.
I really love this painting. It influences almost everything I do in my own attempt at art.
Notice Jesus on the cross at the prow of the boat.
The story of Elaine is romantic as well as tragic.
The meaning of Elaine is "Lily Maid"
(cue Sheila). She was thought to be the daughter of one of the three listed below:
She was the daughter of Bernard of Astolat.
She was the daughter of Lady Igraine and Duke Gorlois of Tintagel, sister to the Ladies Morgan and Mawguese and half sister to King Arthur.
She was the daughter of King Pelles.
As with the Lady Igraine, the general story behind Elaine remains consistant. Elaine was the wife (or Lady) of Sir Lancelot du Lac. In some accounts, she is the mother of Sir Galahad who was Lancelot reborn as the "son", and some say the mother of King Ban (also Lancelot's son).
Regardless of who she mothered, the tragedy of Elaine is the same. Elaine loved Lancelot with all of her heart and soul. A pure love that some say Lancelot did not deserve. When Elaine was made aware of the affair between Guenivere and Lancelot, she died of a broken heart.
Hearing this, King Arthur had her body brought to Camelot by way of the River Thames on a boat. It is from this that the image of the Lady of Shallot is taken. The last stanza of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shallot summerizes the tragedy of Elaine.
Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of Royal cheer;
And they cross'd themselves for fear,
And all the knights at Camelot.
But Lancelot mused a little space;
He said "She has a lovely face;
God in His mercy loved her grace,
The Lady of Shallott.
Mythologically, Elaine was one of the Celtic Virgin Moon Goddess. She was associated with Greece's Helen of Troy. She was said to have given Lancelot her sexual charm (and in more tame stories a piece of her sleeve) to make him undefeatable in battle. Within her castle, the womb symbol of the Holy Grail was displayed.