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Arthurian Literature

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sweetpotatoboy
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Location: London, UK

Postby sweetpotatoboy » Tue September 16th, 2008, 2:17 pm

"EC2" wrote:I've got Helen Hollick's Arthur series but I haven't read it. However I've read her pirate books and they're excellent Sea Witch and Pirate Code. I'm seeing Helen and we're going out for a meal after attending a writers' festival weekend after next. Should be fun.


Oh, that's nice. I'm sure she's lovely. She was good enough to respond when I emailed her after reading her Arthur series (she had included her email address in the books) and I received some news updates from her occasionally at one point.

Scrapcat
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Postby Scrapcat » Sun March 15th, 2009, 4:18 pm

I absolutely love Arthurian fiction. I am reading the 3rd of the Lawhead series. I have a bit of a problem with this series because of the writing, but it's a really interesting reworking of the legend.

My absolute favorite of all Arthurian books is Rosemary Sutcliffe's SWORD AT SUNSET, which posits Arthur as a 5th century war leader trying to hold together the last remnants of Roman Britain. She has written many other books which are classed as children's books, but British kids' books are really well written.

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nona
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Location: Oklahoma

Postby nona » Sun March 15th, 2009, 5:53 pm

I'll have to check her out, I like that kinda twist.

chuck
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Location: Ciinaminson NJ

Postby chuck » Sun March 15th, 2009, 9:52 pm

Sutcliffe is terrific.....Check out Gillian Bradshaw's Arthur series, Bernard Cornwell, and Jack Whyte's Camulod series.....All are interesting plausible reads...that tie into the Romano/Celtic tradtion of Arthur Rex
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Leo62
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Postby Leo62 » Mon March 16th, 2009, 10:42 am

I don't think anyone has mentioned Alice Borchardt's celtic/fantasy Tales of Guinevere series, The Dragon Queen & The Raven Warrior. I think there was supposed to be a third book but it doesn't seem to have materialised...

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ejays17
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Postby ejays17 » Mon March 16th, 2009, 10:56 am

If you like the idea of Arthur as a Roman, one of my favourite books ever is Parke Godwin's "Firelord". There are also 2 sequels whose names currently escape me, and he also wrote 2 Robin Hood books set during the time of William the Conqueror & William Rufus.
And Anne McCaffrey also wrote one called "Black Horses for the King", which is aimed at younger readers - I found it in the "Childrens Section" of the bookshop if it wasn't with her others in the "Fantasy Section".

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sweetpotatoboy
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Mon March 16th, 2009, 12:20 pm

"Leo62" wrote:I don't think anyone has mentioned Alice Borchardt's celtic/fantasy Tales of Guinevere series, The Dragon Queen & The Raven Warrior. I think there was supposed to be a third book but it doesn't seem to have materialised...


Hmm, she passed away, I think, which might have something to do with it.

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Leo62
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Postby Leo62 » Mon March 16th, 2009, 8:13 pm

"sweetpotatoboy" wrote:Hmm, she passed away, I think, which might have something to do with it.


omg really? I had no idea...

What a shame - she was a much better writer than her sister Anne Rice IMO.

annis
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Postby annis » Thu March 19th, 2009, 7:21 pm

Yes, Alice Borchardt died some time ago. As my son said in horror when I told him David Gemmell had died; "Oh no, not in the middle of a trilogy?!" :)
(Though he was genuinely sorry to hear that DG had died)

I really enjoyed AB's tenth century books set in France (Devoted and Beguiled), and also her historical fantasy series featuring werewolves set in ancient Rome and Gaul.

*Brittany*
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Location: Beaumont, Texas

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Postby *Brittany* » Thu March 19th, 2009, 8:20 pm

She has a triology actually and I loved it really. It was a very diffrent version than what I'm used to reading.


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