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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 16, Maeve (Medb) Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16, Maeve (Medb) Summary and Analysis

The image of Maeve is that of a mighty queen. She is an unusual combination of Faerie Queen and a leader of troops. Some Celtic tales say that she is the Queen of Faerie, the magical Mab, and the Queen of Elfhame. Others say that she was a mortal queen of the county Connacht and upon her shoulders perched two golden sacred birds. The magic voices of the birds whisper wisdom into her ears.

Maeve is known to have taken many husbands and lovers. It is said that her words can still be heard in Ireland:

If I married a selfish man

our union would be wrong

because I am so full of grace and giving.

It would be wrong if I were the more generous,

yet I would not want to take more than I offered...

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