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May 8, 2019


French TV and the adulteress queen.

Last week a French TV company contacted me about a documentary they will be making in the summer about Scottish legends.

These legends now, of course, include Arthur and Merlin and, I am delighted to say, Languoreth.

Languoreth, Merlin’s twin-sister; Queen of Strathclyde; The Lioness of Damnonia (Strathclyde); The Swan-necked woman; and the woman commemorated on Glasgow’s coat of arms.  

Merlin and Arthur may have had their story twisted to suit the Christian book, but at least they stayed alive in our common consciousness – Languoreth was killed off.

If there was one thing the Christians did not like it was an intelligent, powerful woman, who was not a Christian and Languoreth was all three of these things.

Consequently, she was written out of history.

How then can I say she is 'commemorated' on Glasgow’s coat of arms?

Because the fish and the ring on Glasgow’s coat of arms refer to the story St. Mungo Kentigern and an adulteress queen, in which Mungo is, of course, the hero.

In fact, Languoreth, who, to be fair was an adulteress queen, made a monkey of Mungo.