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Avalon's Location
By; Kelly d. Whittaker

Scholars have interpreted the ancient manuscripts that were originally Celtic languages as Old French therefore causing certain words to have different meanings than those languages that were of Old German origins.  Bard Taliesin gave a description of Avalon as 'insula pororum Fortunata' which in Old French translates to island of apples.  The Bard spoke Celtic which is a form of Old German therefore the description he offered means island by the sea that has profuse vegetation and the inhabitants lived very long lives, in German.

King Orry was Guinevere's father.  Old French had his name spelt Gorre (Gorray).  Gorray would have been the lands in Brittany.  Another pronunciation was found by Chretien de Troyes and Marie de France.  The two poets stated that Guinevere was from the lands of Gorry-Gorree.  This changed the land mass from Brittany to the Isle of Man.  This location would explain the strange spelling of Guinevere.  Her name was pictish.  The Picts were ruling the Isle of Man at the time of Arthur.

This opens a new door or possibly a very old one to the legend of Arthur.  Why the Isle of Man and not Glastonbury?  What supporting documents are available on the location of Avalon?  The King of Norway, Marie de France and the Perceval manuscripts all coincide with Lancelot's description of his trip to Avalon.

Perceval's coronation and marriage is recorded as so:

Several vessels then transported the wedding party to a small island, which stood off shore, about a mile away (from Galoches).This island was the loveliest in the world.  It was perfectly square nobody could tell which side was longest. Named for a pagan King Tadus, who built it's walls before he became converted, it was ruled by his son Bademagus, the most courteous man of his time.

The walls about the island were very high and cut of red sandstone, entirely surrounded by the sea but laid upon bedrock.  They were crenellated and wide enough for two chariots side by side.  There were four towers at the four corners supported upon pilings and sustained by vaults.  There was a massive drawbridge operated by pulleys.

An Arm of the sea came almost up to the walls, over which was the famous sword bridge where many a head was cut off when Meleagant was lord.

On the island was a cemetery where lay many dead under tomb slabs covered in writing giving the names of the barans.  There were many rare trees on the island, and they gave off lovely perfumes, which please immensely, and in their midst was a fountain where the water issued from a copper horn.  It was sweet and cold, none better anywhere.  There was only one entrance to the isle, which was closed otherwise, and the entrance was through one most elaborately constructed portal.

The abbot had just ordered dinner for the king when suddenly the heavens split.  Nobody could even see anyone else.  The thunder followed the lightening so closely that each bolt seemed to fall on each man's head.   The torment raged so fierce that the trees were uprooted and hurled against the walls.  The ocean was so whipped that the waves leaped the ramparts, flooding the isle until everything was afloat and everyone would have drowned if each had not instantly leaped to the walls.

Then the weather worsened, causing such suffering as our ancestors have never before experienced.  The king huddled upon the stone wall and the queen beside him, both struck by such floods of sea water that they were nearly swept away.  There they clung, day and night, for three days and three nights, without food or drink, or sleep, or rest.

The Queen mother died.

When the weather cleared, they saw that all their ships had been lost.

When the waters drained away, a horrible stench arose from the cemetery.

Those across in Galoches say the storm and sent boats and barges and galleys from Galoches to the island, but most of them could not endure the stench.

Survivors of the storm hid in the forest and ate game.

When the king returned later to the island, he was able to report the stench had come from the corpse of Joseph of Arimathea's wife.  She had been pagan.

Joseph of Arimathea needed a grand place to store the Holy Grail.  When he had arrived at the Peel castle owned by a Pictish pagan king, Joseph knew this was the chosen place.  It took many years for Joseph to convert this King.   The Old King finally accepted Christianity and the Order of the Holy Grail.

This little island is St. Patrick's island off the west side of the Isle of Man.  The ruins of Peel Castle remains even today.  This small island was a very important place of worship in the early Catholic Church.  So important that the pope actually sent Saint Germanus there in the 5th century.  St. Patrick preached there in 444.  St. Germanus was there to convert the pagans to Christianity and he did accomplish what he was sent there to do.  St. Germanus was also a very fair man, he allowed the Grail ceremony, Easter and All Saints day to be incorporated into the Christian teachings.

Sir John Rhys and other scholars had translated the old languages with supporting documentation that Avalon, the Grail Castle and Arthur's third castle Galoches was indeed on the Isle of Man.  Garvase of Tilbury painted King Arthur in a royal establishment, claiming that the palace was in the three-sided, three-legged Island of Sicily.

The mystery still remains why the legend was moved to Glastonbury and Wales.  A hypothesis is; King Henry II was so obsessed over the predictions of Merlin, that King Arthur would come back again that Henry actually had the evidence moved to Glastonbury so he could have the Bishops keep a very close watch.   When Glastonbury burned, Henry II had it completely rebuilt.  It was not completed at his death so Richard the Lion heart finished the task.

The New theory had been fully documented through out the past 1500 years.  The information stating that Arthur was a real king, Guinevere being a Celtic Princess, Camelot being a real place and all the other people mentioned as once living and fighting for their beloved religions, exists.  The Grail Castle and Avalon has now been translated from old documentation.

This new theory maybe just a legend to some but to one who believes, Arthur, his realm, his castles and Avalon was once a reality, some fifteen hundred years ago.



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