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The key texts of the Wiccan tradition are the mythologies of Britain. These were held largely as an oral traditions until the 12th century. At this point two events occurred which brought these traditions into written form. The first of these was the removal of the Saxon Kings in 1066. These Kings had their own traditions and had little interest in those of the native British. The Normans had been assisted in their conquest by the Bretons who were of native British origin. They also had a greater appreciation of British culture as William of Normandys maternal grandmother was Breton/British. As a result the Normans had a far greater appreciation of local traditions. The second event was the wider availability of parchment which was used to record the legends. In 1138 the History of the Kings of Britain was written by William of Monmouth, which recorded the building of Stonehenge and the History of King Arthur. Within one hundred years a vast array of local traditions had been recorded both in Britain and on the continent. These include the Mabinogion, The Story the Grail and Parzival. In 1485 Caxton printed the most well known of the Arthurian texts, the Morte d’Arthur by Malory. This was largely a reworking of the material from this period.

The following is a full list of all known texts and Authors relevant to Wicca up to 1485

Berol
Robert de Boron
Chretien de Troyes – Story of the Grail
Eschenbach – Parzival
Layamon
Malory – Mort d’Arthur
The Mabinogion
Geoffrey of Monmouth = History of the Kings of Britain
Roman de Perceforest
Wace

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