English Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters


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Cymon and Iphigenia

A poem by Dryden. Occasionally referred to as Cymon and Iphigenia.

Earthly Paradise, The

A poem by William Morris relating the search for this beautiful country, including the stories of Bellerophon and Pegasus, Pygmalion, etc. Also referred to as Earthly Paradise, The.

Eliot, Thomas Stearns

(1888 -1965). A poet. The Notes to his poem The Waste Land refer to its connection with the Grail legends. In some lore, occasionally identified as Eliot, Thomas Stearns.


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Faerie Queene, The

The 16th C. Allegorical poem by Spenser in which Arthur, not yet king, appears. Sometimes known as Faerie Queene, The.

Fielding, Henry

(1707-1754). A dramatist. He was the author of the farce Tragedy of Tragedies in which King Arthur's wife is called Dlloalolla. In some references, identified as Fielding, Henry.

Golden Bough, The

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Hero and Leander

A poem by Christopher Marlowe. Sometimes called Hero and Leander.

Heroes, The

The story of Jason, Perseus and other. Greek heroes, by Charles Kingsley. Sometimes known as Heroes, The.

Heywood, Thomas

(1574-1641). A writer and dramatist, author of Life of Merlin and Morte Arthur. Sometimes known as Heywood, Thomas.

Hickathrift, Tom

A mythical giant-killer. Sometimes known as Hickathrift, Tom.

Holy Grail, The

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Idylls of the King

A series of poems on the Arthurian. Legend written by Tennyson. In some references, called Idylls of the King.

John of Glastonbury

A 14th C. Writer, author of the history The Chronicle of Glastonbury, written in Latin. Occasionally referred to as John of Glastonbury.

Jones, D M

A poet and artist who wrote. Extensively on Arthurian themes, particularly those with a Welsh background. In some references, known as Jones, D M, (1895-1974) or (1895-1974).


A fallen angel in Paradise Lost. Also commonly referred to as Jove, Jupiter, Jupiter, Diespiter, Diu-pater, Elicius, Fulgurator, Iupiter, Iuppiter, Jove, Juppiter, Papaeus, sacred plants, Sky Father, Terminus, Zeus, (Deus) Fides, Diovis(-pater), Fidius, Fulgans, Fulgar, Imperator, Invictus, Iup(p)iter, Pluvius, Praedator, Sky Father, Terminus, Thunderbearer, Thunder-darter, Thunder-master, Thunder-smiter, Etruscan Tinia, Egyptian Amon or Greek Zeus.

Keats, John

(1795-1821). A poet. He was author of several works on mythological themes including Endymion, Lamia and Hyperion. Occasionally identified as Keats, John.

King Arthur

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King Priam

An opera by Michael Tippett based on the story of the Trojan king. Also commonly called King Priam, Priam, King or Priam, King.

Lady of Shallot

A poem by Tennyson telling the story of Elaine, the Fair Maid of Astolat. Identified as Lady of Shallot, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine the White, Fair Maid of Astolat, Lady of Ascalot, Lily Maid of Astolat, Maid of Astolat, Elaine le Blank, Elayne, (Fair) Maid of Astolat, Lady of Astolat, Elaine or Elaine.

Land of Beulah

A mythical land of divine happiness in Pilgrim's Progress. Sometimes referred to as Land of Beulah.


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Lays of Ancient Rome

Tales by Thomas Macaulay including. The story of Horatius defending. The bridge. In some accounts, called Lays of Ancient Rome.

Lewis, C S

A scholar and writer, author of The Screwtape Letters. Called Lewis, C S, (1898-1963) or (1898-1963).

Life and Death of Jason, The

A book by William Morris telling the story of Jason and the Argonauts. In some references, identified as Life and Death of Jason, The.

Life of Merlin

The 17th C. Story of Merlin written by Thomas Heywood. Called Life of Merlin.

Macaulay, Thomas

A writer and historian. He wrote The Lays of Ancient Rome, Prophecy of Capys, etc. Also commonly called Macaulay, Thomas, (1800-1859) or (1800-1859).

Madness of Merlin

An unfinished drama in verse by R. L. Binyon, published in 1947. In some lore, occasionally known as Madness of Merlin.

Malory, Sir Thomas

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Marlowe, Christopher

A poet. He wrote Hero and Leander and The Tragedie of Dido. Called Marlowe, Christopher, (1564-1593) or (1564-1593).


A horse said to have climbed to the top of St Paul's. Cathedral. Sometimes identified as Marocco, Banks' Horse, Banks' Horse, Morocco or Morocco.

Milton, John

A poet. He wrote Comus, Paradise Lost, etc Occasionally identified as Milton, John, (1608-1674) or (1608-1674).


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Morris, William

A writer. He was the author of Atalanta's Race, Life and Death of Jason, The Earthly Paradise, etc. In some lore, occasionally called Morris, William, (1834-1896) or (1834-1896).

Morte Arthure

A 15th C. Poem on the life and death of King Arthur by Thomas. Heywood. Sometimes called Morte Arthure.

Morte d'Arthur

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Mother Shipton

A 15th C. Yorkshire witch. At times, identified as Mother Shipton, Shipton, Shipton, Southiel, Ursula, Southiel, Ursula, Ursula Southiel or Ursula Southiel.


A musician. He travelled to the underworld to rescue Herodis. Identified as Orpheo, Greek Orpheus, Greek Orpheus, Orfeo, Scottish Orfeo, Scottish Orfeo or Orpheus.


Son of Agape. Brother of Diamond and Triamond. Sometimes referred to as Priamond.

Prometheus Unbound

A four-act drama by Shelley. At times, known as Prometheus Unbound.

Prophecy of Capys

A poem by Macaulay. Sometimes called Prophecy of Capys, Capys, Prophecy of or Capys, Prophecy of.


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Rape of Lucrece

A poem by Shakespeare. Also called Rape of Lucrece.

Robin Goodfellow

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A fabulous fish (Spenser). At times, referred to as scolopendra.


An evil spirit in Shakespeare, based on Settaboth. Also commonly known as Setebos, Settaboth or Settaboth.

Shakespeare, William

A poet and playwright. He wrote The Rape of Lucrece, Venus and Adonis, etc. Sometimes known as Shakespeare, William, (1564-1616) or (1564-1616).

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

A poet. He wrote the four-act play Prometheus Unbound. Also called Shelley, Percy Bysshe, (1792-1822) or (1792-1822).

Sirens, The

A long ode by R. L. Binyon published in 1924. Also referred to as Sirens, The.

Spenser, Edmund

(1553-1599). A poet. He wrote The Faerie Queene. At times, called Spenser, Edmund.

Swinburne, Algernon

(1837-1909). A poet and dramatist. He wrote Atalanta in Calydon, Erechtheus, Tristram of Lyonesse, etc. Also referred to as Swinburne, Algernon.

Taliesin Through Logres

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A squire of King Arthur (Spenser). Also commonly referred to as Timias.

Tippett, Michael

A composer. He wrote the opera King Priam On occassion, known as Tippett, Michael.

Tragedie of Dido, The

A poem by Christopher Marlowe. Sometimes called Tragedie of Dido, The.


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Vanity Fair

A year-long fair in Pilgrim's Progress, started by Beelzebub. At times, called Vanity Fair.

Venus and Adonis

A poem by Shakespeare telling of the love of a goddess for a mortal. Also commonly identified as Venus and Adonis.

Vulgate Version

The name given to a 13th C. Collection of Arthurian stories. Occasionally identified as Vulgate Version, Vulgate Cycle or Vulgate Cycle.

Waste Land, The

A poem by T. S. Eliot. On occassion, identified as Waste Land, The.

White, T. H.

A 20th C. Writer, author of A Once and Future King, stories of King Arthur and his knights. Also commonly identified as White, T. H..

Williams, C. W.

A poet and novelist. He was the author of several works on Arthurian themes, including Taliesin Thro ugh Logres. Sometimes identified as Williams, C. W., (1886-1945) or (1886-1945).

Wordsworth, William

A poet. He wrote Laodamia. In some references, known as Wordsworth, William, (1770-1850) or (1770-1850).

Yeth Hounds

The spirits of unbaptised children in the form of headless dogs. At times, referred to as Yeth Hounds, Wish Hounds, Wish Hounds, Yell Hounds, Yell Hounds, Welsh Hounds of Hell or Welsh Hounds of Hell.
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