Session 21 March 2008


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
A: A man draws his energy for battle from his "lady fair." When he has this energy, he is supposed to utilize it not only for battle, but also for "building the castle”. When there is any break in the chain, he not only loses his "battle energy" but also his castle. Why do you think the legends of the "grail" speak of these things? And also fairy stories? A true warrior cannot be strong against the enemy without the lady. The lady cannot provide the energy without the castle and the "bower" of love.

Q: (Mr. Scott) What's a bower? (L) I don't know. A bower is... (Ark) German? The builder, yes? (L) Well, what I always heard of as a bower was a place in a garden where you had like a structure that flowers grew on and you had like little chairs and tables and you'd sit there and it was nice and pretty and pleasant. (Perceval points to tapestry behind on wall) (L) Well yeah that's like a bower. Is that the right idea for a bower on the picture behind me?

A: Yes. And the warrior on his knees aiming to please is also a part of the dynamic. After all, it is honorable to bow before the author of the force for good. You don't need the ruffles though. (laughter) Study fairy tales to discover.
Footnote: bower: arbor: a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park" - embower: enclose in a bower
From "it is honorable to bow before the author of the force for good." it might follow that a "bower" could have the meaning of someone who bows down.

I had some difficulty reconciling fairy tales with knights. A possible solution is in The Faerie Queene. The Wiki has:
The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. Books I–III were first published in 1590, and then republished in 1596 together with books IV–VI. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it is one of the longest poems in the English language as well as the work in which Spenser invented the verse form known as the Spenserian stanza.[1] On a literal level, the poem follows several knights as a means to examine different virtues, and though the text is primarily an allegorical work, it can be read on several levels of allegory, including as praise (or, later, criticism) of Queen Elizabeth I. In Spenser's "Letter of the Authors", he states that the entire epic poem is "cloudily enwrapped in Allegorical devices", and the aim of publishing The Faerie Queene was to "fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline".[2]
This book has with a very light stretch "faerie" tales and also involves knights. From Stories from the Fairie Queene Index there is:
The Red Cross Knight
''The Good Sir Guyon''
The Legend of Britomart
The Squire of Low Degree
The Adventures of Sir Artegall
Sir Calidore, Knight of Courtesy

The above is one English version, but there are others too:
From Stories from the Faerie queene by Macleod, Mary, d. 1914. [from old catalog]; Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599; Walker, Arthur George, 1861-1939

Or Spenser for Children by M. H. Towry, Edmund Spenser Publication date 1885.
Or, see Search result
Or Amazon book and kindle options
And there is also the prolific reteller of stories for children, Olive Beaupre Miller, who has retold Una and the Red Cross Knight in her collection From the Tower Window of my Bookhouse p. 12-48 see archive link.
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