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Sympathy for the Devil: the legend of Gog and Magog

Mackley, J. S. (2011) Sympathy for the Devil: the legend of Gog and Magog. Paper presented to: The Fantastic Imagination, Richmond American International University, London, 2011-11-25.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract: In an effort to ensure England’s political presence on the on the European stage, a Welsh monk named Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote Historia regum Britannie which, among other elements, included the arrival of Britain’s first civilised settlers who had to rid the land of the indigenous population of giants. In Geoffrey the giants are seen as monstrous and brutish; 150 years later a poem was written in Anglo-Norman, Dez Grantz Geantz in which the giants were treated more sympathetically: they were given a voice and allowed to explain their origins. This paper examines the legend of Gogmagog (or Gog and Magog) and discusses his/their presence in the London Guildhall with reference to later pageants and stories
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gogmagog, Gog and Magog, England Settlement mythology, Albina, Albion, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britannie, Dez Grantz Geantz, Anglo-Norman
Creators: Mackley, J S
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Research Centres > Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
Date: 25 November 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: The Fantastic Imagination
Event Title: The Fantastic Imagination
Event Dates: 2011-11-25
Event Location: Richmond American International University, London
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No

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