Tag: Arthurian

A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Posted January 20, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
A neverending story: Sword at Sunset

Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword at Sunset (1963) Can a story still be compelling when we already know how it ends? In the case of the Arthurian legend, the appeal never seems to wane. Something about this doomed hero, who will be betrayed by friend and wife and sister and son, yet still strives for goodness and […]

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Witch Week Day Four: A Gallery of Arthurian Art

Posted November 3, 2017 by Lory in events / 16 Comments
Witch Week Day Four: A Gallery of Arthurian Art

With so many magical and dramatic characters and scenes to explore, the Arthurian legend has long been a rich source of inspiration for artists and illustrators. To complement our literary studies, I thought it would be fun this year to look at some pictures as well. Here are a few images that caught my eye, […]

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Witch Week Day One: Rex Futurus (Guest Post)

Posted October 31, 2017 by Lory in events / 12 Comments
Witch Week Day One: Rex Futurus (Guest Post)

This year, I’m delighted that Chris of Calmgrove, an Arthurian scholar and frequent Witch Week contributor, agreed to give his personal perspective on Arthurian literature, a genre that has sometimes annoyed him with its forays into bad history and bad fiction — but has also given him much pleasure, especially in the more adventurous “freestyle” […]

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The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Posted October 16, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two

Joan Aiken, The Stolen Lake (1981) Joan Aiken, Dangerous Games (1998) For my next installment of a series of posts considering Joan Aiken’s “Wolves Chronicles” (for lack of a better name, the series begun with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and mostly featuring Dido Twite as the protagonist), I’m departing slightly from my general intention […]

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Quick Quotes: The Crystal Cave

Posted September 17, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 8 Comments
Quick Quotes: The Crystal Cave

“But there’s nothing in this world that I’m not ready to see and learn, and no god that I’m not ready to approach in his own fashion. I told you that truth was the shadow of God. If I am to use it, I must know who He is. Do you understand me?” “How could […]

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A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Larrington and Purkiss, eds., Magical Tales (2013) My one visit to Oxford was long ago as an 18-year-old on a choir tour of England. Our chaperones normally kept a pretty tight rein on us, but for some reason this time they actually let us roam around by ourselves for a while. I was in literary […]

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Beautiful Books: The Dark Is Rising

Posted March 22, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 1 Comment
Beautiful Books: The Dark Is Rising

Susan Cooper, Over Sea, Under Stone (1965) Susan Cooper, The Dark Is Rising (1973) Susan Cooper, Greenwitch (1974) Susan Cooper, The Grey King (1975) Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree (1976)     There are very few living authors who have not just one title, but an entire series of books given the Folio Society […]

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Arthurian Africa? Two novels by Elizabeth Wein

Posted January 24, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
Arthurian Africa? Two novels by Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein, The Winter Prince (1993) Elizabeth Wein, The Sunbird (2006) Elizabeth Wein has an unusual take on the Arthurian legend in her Lion Hunters series. She starts out in The Winter Prince focusing on Medraut (Mordred in other versions), who is usually portrayed in a fairly one-sided and unsympathetic way as the villain of […]

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