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


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Cymon and Iphigenia

A poem by Dryden. Called 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. In some accounts, called 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. Also called Eliot, Thomas Stearns.


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Faerie Queene, The

The 16th C. Allegorical poem by Spenser in which Arthur, not yet king, appears. In some references, identified 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. Known as Fielding, Henry.

Golden Bough, The

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Hero and Leander

A poem by Christopher Marlowe. On occassion, known as Hero and Leander.

Heroes, The

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

Heywood, Thomas

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

Hickathrift, Tom

A mythical giant-killer. In some references, referred to 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. At times, referred to as Idylls of the King.

John of Glastonbury

A 14th C. Writer, author of the history The Chronicle of Glastonbury, written in Latin. In some accounts, 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. Sometimes called Jones, D M, (1895-1974) or (1895-1974).


A fallen angel in Paradise Lost. In some lore, occasionally 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. Also referred to as Keats, John.

King Arthur

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King Priam

An opera by Michael Tippett based on the story of the Trojan king. 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. In some accounts, referred to 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. In some lore, occasionally known as Land of Beulah.


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Lays of Ancient Rome

Tales by Thomas Macaulay including. The story of Horatius defending. The bridge. Sometimes referred to as Lays of Ancient Rome.

Lewis, C S

A scholar and writer, author of The Screwtape Letters. In some references, 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. Known as Life of Merlin.

Macaulay, Thomas

A writer and historian. He wrote The Lays of Ancient Rome, Prophecy of Capys, etc. On occassion, referred to as Macaulay, Thomas, (1800-1859) or (1800-1859).

Madness of Merlin

An unfinished drama in verse by R. L. Binyon, published in 1947. In some accounts, called Madness of Merlin.

Malory, Sir Thomas

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Marlowe, Christopher

A poet. He wrote Hero and Leander and The Tragedie of Dido. In some lore, occasionally known as Marlowe, Christopher, (1564-1593) or (1564-1593).


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

Milton, John

A poet. He wrote Comus, Paradise Lost, etc In some lore, occasionally referred to 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. At times, 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. At times, known as Morte Arthure.

Morte d'Arthur

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Mother Shipton

A 15th C. Yorkshire witch. Occasionally 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. At times, known as Orpheo, Greek Orpheus, Greek Orpheus, Orfeo, Scottish Orfeo, Scottish Orfeo or Orpheus.


Son of Agape. Brother of Diamond and Triamond. Sometimes called Priamond.

Prometheus Unbound

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

Prophecy of Capys

A poem by Macaulay. Referred to as Prophecy of Capys, Capys, Prophecy of or Capys, Prophecy of.


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Rape of Lucrece

A poem by Shakespeare. Sometimes identified as Rape of Lucrece.

Robin Goodfellow

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A fabulous fish (Spenser). Sometimes referred to as scolopendra.


An evil spirit in Shakespeare, based on Settaboth. In some references, called Setebos, Settaboth or Settaboth.

Shakespeare, William

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

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

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

Sirens, The

A long ode by R. L. Binyon published in 1924. In some lore, occasionally known as Sirens, The.

Spenser, Edmund

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

Swinburne, Algernon

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

Taliesin Through Logres

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A squire of King Arthur (Spenser). At times, identified as Timias.

Tippett, Michael

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

Tragedie of Dido, The

A poem by Christopher Marlowe. Sometimes referred to as Tragedie of Dido, The.


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Vanity Fair

A year-long fair in Pilgrim's Progress, started by Beelzebub. Also referred to as Vanity Fair.

Venus and Adonis

A poem by Shakespeare telling of the love of a goddess for a mortal. In some accounts, called Venus and Adonis.

Vulgate Version

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

Waste Land, The

A poem by T. S. Eliot. At times, called Waste Land, The.

White, T. H.

A 20th C. Writer, author of A Once and Future King, stories of King Arthur and his knights. Occasionally 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. Also called Wordsworth, William, (1770-1850) or (1770-1850).

Yeth Hounds

The spirits of unbaptised children in the form of headless dogs. Also commonly identified as Yeth Hounds, Wish Hounds, Wish Hounds, Yell Hounds, Yell Hounds, Welsh Hounds of Hell or Welsh Hounds of Hell.
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