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Arthurian Legends Poll [Dec. 19th, 2007|11:48 am]

Poll #1108607 Arthurian Legends

Which of the following did the most damage to the story of Arthur

Thomas Mallory
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Disney's "The Sword in the Stone"

What would you suggest for a celebration of the birth (and life) of Arthur, other than reading/telling the stoires?


[User Picture]From: beable
2007-12-19 07:59 pm (UTC)

I like listening to Heather Dale's Arthurian stuff.

My nominee for "worst travesty in the name of Arthurian legend" is a book I forget what it's called but it's about Merlin's daughter Wren. In love with Arthur, naturally. Bears his children. Illegitamitely, of course - he is married to Guinevere. And Nimue and Morgan are evil incestous witches breeding demons. Or something.

There are other modern Athurian things that I have highly enjoyed though. There's a kids book called "I am Mordred" (forget the author again) which I quite liked.

I liked the MZB but I got into her retelling of Cassandra's story more. And the movie they made of the MZB one (in which Morgause was a regular old black hat evil no nuance witch) was really stupid.
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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2007-12-19 09:03 pm (UTC)
I don't own any of Heather Dale's stuff. If I was ever to get one album, which would you recommend?

There are a lot of modern twists on the Arthurian legend - some good, some bad. I think MZB's was well written. People can debate whether they liked what she did to the tales, but at least she is a good writer. I may read more of her stuff at some point.
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[User Picture]From: beable
2007-12-19 10:05 pm (UTC)

Arthurian legend inspired music: Either May Queen or Trial of Lancelot. Trial of Lancelot has one of my favourite HD songs on it (Mordreds Lullaby) but as a whole May Queen is probably the better album.

Heather Dale in general: Road to Santiago. It only has a couple of Arthurian songs on it, but the album as a whole is just wonderful.

Christmas music: This Endris Night. Her collection of renaissance and medieval Christmas music. Very pretty and a marked improvement for those of us who find non-musical musak (e.g. Frosty the Snowman) annoying.
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