Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Lady of Shalott Tapestry Weaver

Years ago, when I was just barely 20 or so, I came across a poster print of "The Lady of Shalott" by John William Waterhouse 1888. I just loved it and displayed it prominently where-ever I've moved. I still love the melancholy, rich toned painting. I decided to research it a bit recently and found even more reasons to love it, as well as some other paintings by Waterhouse. I was fascinated to find the Arthurian legend this was based on involved a woman weaving a tapesty which is featured in both paintings.

As a young teenager, I devoured books of Arthurian Legends. "The Crystal Cave" by Mary Stewart 1970 and "The Hollow Hills" also by Mary Stewart told from the viewpoint of Myrddin Emrys also known as Merlin. So, I was surprised to find that The Lady of Shalott was inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, written in 1832, and based on Arthurian Legends.

In my study of the Bible, I've also been surprised to find links to Arthur of ancient times, the Knights of the Round Table, and The Quest for the Holy Grail. "Traditions of Glastonbury" is a very interesting video and book on the subject written by E. Raymond Capt a Biblical Archeologist. This work also elaborates on Jesus' "missing years".

If The Stone of Scone, also known as The Coronation Stone and The Stone of Destiny that literally every king and queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland have been coronated over to this present day, and its FULL history is understood, then it is not too difficult to understand how all these topics intertwine in harmony.

Could it be that those rings were how the Israelites carried that Stone, or "pillar" of Jacob for 40 years? Could that crack be where Moses struck the Stone, The Rock and precious Life Giving Water flowed out? Is there yet unfulfilled prophesy regarding this Stone?

Eze 21:27
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come Whose right it is; and I will give it Him.

If you follow the link on The Stone of Scone, you will see that The Stone has been overturned, overturned, and overturned and now resides in Scotland again.


Ben Mcfuzzylugs said...

They are really stunning

I have always loved the Merlin tales, infact the BBC just did a great tv series on Merlin. I dont know if you get the BBC iplayer but it is well worth watching.

Alpaca Granny said...

Whoa! You have inspired me to do further research.