My interest is in the development of the consciousness and "progressive revelation" [which I believe to be by no means over]. Thus my rich interest in the journey from the most earliest known "pagan" to those spiritual traditions existing today.
Your note referenced above ( "The Grail Quest Legends...bear a striking resemblance to....heathen tales.....onto which Christians....their own pious gloss, thus burying a...tradition which now exists only in some very ancient and obscure lives of Celtic saints.") prompts my question: Might some of these last-mentioned sources be accessible [outside the Bodleian Library] to one who stands somewhere between layperson and academician? And/or could you point me in the right direction?
Sadly, you are a recent discovery in my life, but that discovery is via a collection of the Sharpe CD's owned and loved by a 97-year old friend from the Scot Highlands. I picked up your historical fiction just a few weeks ago as I recovered from breast cancer in sore need of being smartly entertained/distracted...to get my head out of my own arse. My equal interest is in the history of monasticism.
Thank you, and I'm glad to have found you.
Cheryl Hendrick (March 9th, 1944)
Look for a copy of John Darrah’s book Paganism in Arthurian Romance, published by the Boydell Press (UK) in 1994. That should provide everything you need!