Chanpguin, Roche de Canguin, Sanguin
A castle in Galloway, constructed by Igerne (Igraine) after the death of Uther Pendragon. Igraine’s “retirement home”, if so I may call it, smacks more than a little of otherwordly connections, perhaps even forming a branch of the more or less Christianized Afterlife; even Owen, while apparently preferring the theory that the Gawaine adventures were originally intended to form a separate romance, points out the parallel between Igraine’s Canguin and the Fisher King’s Grail Castle.
While Arthur and the rest of Britain thought that Igerne was dead, she was living in the castle with her daughter and granddaughter, Clarissant. Gawaine visited the palace and braved the Perilous Bed adventure found within. The comparable castle in the First Continuation of Chrétien’s Perceval and in Wolfram’s Parzival is known as the Castle of Marvels. Heinrich von dem Türlin calls it Salie.
D.D.R. Owen prefers the Chanpguin spelling; Roach and Cline use “Canguin”, which seems to me far easier on the modern eye and tounge – although the “Sanguin” variation is tempting, for its double sound of blood and hope.
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