The Faery Gates of Avalon is the first of four books originally published by R.J. Stewart Books to be reissued imminently through Skylight Press. The other three to follow are The Little Book of the Great Enchantment by Steve Blamires, Stewart Farrar: Writer on a Broomstick by Elizabeth Guerra and Janet Farrar, and Melusine of Lusignan & the Cult of the Faery Woman by Gareth Knight.
Gareth Knight is a scholar of mediaeval French as well as a heralded expert on various spiritual and magical traditions. He has visited the wellspring of the Arthurian tradition on numerous occasions, always providing fresh insight and new practical applications for these treasured stories. Originally published on December 12, 2008, The Faery Gates of Avalon presents the power of the faery lore as it appears in the Grail romances of Chrétien de Troyes, translated from the mediaeval trouvére tradition. The stories of Erec, Lancelot, Yvain, Perceval, Gawain and other Knights of the Round Table are excavated from Old French manuscripts as inspired by Welsh and Breton storytellers, which had their origin in Celtic myth and legend. Chrétien wrote at a time when faery lore was still taken seriously – some leading families even claimed descent from faery ancestors! So we do well to look again at these early stories, for they were written not so much in terms of mystical quests or examples of military chivalry but records of initiation into Otherworld dynamics. No mere theoretical treatise, however, The Faery Gates of Avalon provides practical exercises for those seeking to enter the realm and explore a deeper purpose.
Skylight Press is grateful to R.J. Stewart (whose contributions to the books will remain in the new editions) for his help in making this happen – and honoured to reissue this great book and the other valuable works to follow. The Faery Gates of Avalon is available from various retail outlets such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or direct from the Skylight Press website.