La Belle Dame Sans Merci

The new issue of FAE magazine has just arrived, and it is truly a stunner. When Karen, the editor, announced it was to be a Pre-Raphaelite themed edition, and asked if I’d like to contribute, I had no hesitation. Pre-Raphelite art and faerie lore have inspired me throughout my life. After a little deliberation, I settled on the topic for my article… The Faerie Lore and Fatal Attraction of La Belle Dame Sans Merci.

Naturally, you will need to pick up a copy of FAE to read the article, but here is a sneak peek of the poem itself. Accompanied by a photo of yours truly, taken by Stephane Lord when we collaborated back in May. Not that I would ever presume to be a fraction as alluring as La Belle Dame Sans Merci… (I’m also a good deal friendlier!). In the article, I delve into the faerie folklore contained in the poem and John Keat’s influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their followers.

La Belle Dame Sans Merci - FAE Magazine Issue 41

The magazine contains many other wonders including Felicity Fyr Le Fay’s article on Pre-Raphaelite muse Elizabeth Siddal and an exploration of London’s Pre-Raphaelite art treasures. Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market comes to life with Omar Rayan’s exquisite art.¬†Harpist Elizabeth Jane Baldry and actress Maxine Fone’s performance of Goblin Market also features, with stunning photography by Brian Froud. There are even Pre-Raphaelite hair and beauty tips, should you wish to look like a stunner too!

FAE Magazine Issue 41 - the Pre-Raphaelite Edition

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