Sir Galahad

Mrs. Sarah Eliss wrote in The Women of England in 1842 “To be admitted to his heart to share his counsels and to be the chosen companion of his joys and sorrows’ it is difficult to say whether humility or gratitude should preponderate and Lady Tennyson wrote Man must be pleased; but him to please Is woman’s pleasure. There was two schools of thinking in the mid nineteenth century romantic and moral. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem about Lancelot and Guenevere was a romantic view, because he had never been sexually promiscuous, and after marriage disapproved of sexual adventures.  Poem’s about the love of Tristram and Isolt were about as exciting sex as watching paint dry, but became burned indelibly into the consciousness of men and women everywhere. Women as a result began to long for Sir Galahad on a white charger to carry them away from all the stifling controls now imposed by society.  His exploits and tales of daring kept the flames of passion burning in their breasts. Sir Galahad at the end, was so powerful and attractive a character there was rumoured to be a danger he might set young boys on the wrong path.  Baden Powell recommended an edited version of the tale to his boy scouts in which Lancelot remained a pure, chaste and honourable gentlemen.

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