Many, many fantasy readers and writers begin their fascination with Medieval Wales with the Mabinogion.
Lewis Morris (1700/1-1765) was regarded as the foremost Welsh antiquary and authority on Welsh literature of his day. A founding member of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in 1751his expertise on Welsh literature and history was solicited by Welsh poets and antiquaries alike.
The discussion of gender in medieval literary criticism is generally considered
to be a relatively new field, having achieved real momentum only in the latter half of the twentieth century. However, since it was the early fifteenth century when Christine de Pisan wrote a response to Jean de Meun’s Romance of the Rose, it cannot really be imagined that the medieval audience was too primitive to be fully aware of the subtext inside their stories.