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Old Joseph-Z
has charged me with
indecency
because I dared to wondered if
the denizens of Camelot
were who he knew

without familiarity with sources that
are ancient
and thought primary

like those of Nennius and Gildas and
the Historia Brittonum or then
the Annales Cambriae,
poetic sources, too,
like triads Welsh
and then Y Gododdin
in which the legends grew

they had to be.

He does not know
that I am not alone in doing so.

In century 18th
the writer Thomas Percy called
queen Guinevere
‘a bitch, a witch, a bold faced whore”

Other poets, tradents, too
have labeled them
as characters of shame
.
The substance of the stories told
through history
have changed.
They’re not, regarding who king Arthur was
or Lancelot
the Table’s mates,
and Guinevere,
consistent with themselves
and in regards to any glory that
we think these figures sure possessed
are often contradictory.
Baldwin
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