I think you can argue that all women are essentially magical, they live in a spiritual world whilst men live in the literal one. There is only one man in the text who exerts [non-Christian] magic. Merlin, however, is removed from the text by Nimue quite early on. Therefore magic in the text always spring from a f...
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...eroes without worrying about conflicting loyalties. Both Lunete in Yvain and Dame Lyonet in Malory's Tale of Sir Gareth have female attachments, Lunete to Laudine and Lyonet to her sister, but these not only do not obstruct them from but encourage them to help the heroes in their stories.
Maidens have the ability to travel wherever they please. They travel freely between the confines of the court and the wilds of the Other. The frequent appearance of maidens in the wild not only allows them to help Knights in their tasks but also shows the potential threat of their sexuality. It is only through helping knights that this threat is removed. In the same way maidens also appear in connection with water. Jungian theory holds that water is an example of female sexuality. It is the threat posed by their sexuality that kills both Percival's sister and Elaine D'Ascolat
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