Peredur the Son of Evrawc

Update: And so the discussion on Peredur begins. Come join us!

For our first reading of the summer, per Huw Raphael’s blog, I’ve delved into Peredur the Son of Evrawc. Considering the second question first which was looking for Orthodox theology in the text, I noted that Peredur was instructed by his mother to stop at every church he sees and repeat the Lord’s Prayer there, which he does. Everyone responds to questions or ends statements with “by my faith” or “by heaven.”

The issue of “honor” was very important. People held their pledge of faith, their word, as true. A promise was a promise. Were that true today! Arthur and his household go to Church. One section related how a woman blessed a dead man and he returned to life! There was also the symbolism of “three” in more than a couple places in the reading. Peredur sought the priest’s blessing on Good Friday.

Faith permeated all of daily life and was evidenced in what people said, that they attended Church, and that they held true to their word, their pledge of faith. Holy days were held as holy and set apart (Good Friday through Bright Monday). So it should be for us.

No being entirely sure what Christian Kingship/Knighthood means, it seems to me that all persons were considered Christian at the time, especially the King. Peredur, Gwalchmai, and others who go out to do the King’s bidding as Knights, do so “by faith” and honor which link them to their King. They are his vassals (servants).

I’m looking forward to everyone’s thoughts on this reading. I thought it very good.

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2 thoughts on “Peredur the Son of Evrawc

  1. I was very taken with the keeping of one’s word. P. followed instructions to the letter usually and so if someone said “don’t speak” he didn’t. If it was “speak”, he did. Equally if he said “I’ll do that” he did.

    Let your yes be yes.

    It was hard to imagine any of the situations happening today. “Go to prison!” “First I need to go do such and such and then, in a few days, I promise I’ll be back to sit in prison” “Well, then, OK. Off you go…”

    I mean, WOW. The kind of trust in humans that implies – even it it wasn’t a “true story” the culture must have been able to imagine it. But if that thing happened today in the movies, no one would know what to do!

  2. I too enjoyed reading Peredur, and am thinking about Huw’s questions currently.

    I found his mother’s instructions to stop at every church he saw and repeat the Lord’s Prayer there wonderful, and I do like the idea of saying the Lord’s Prayer as I pass a church. It seems fitting to remember God at that time, especially if I’m frustrated in traffic!

    The presence of magic, charms, sorceresses, etc. was also noticeable. I imagine it was very much part of the mindset of those times. The good Christian seems to be able to overcome these.

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