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Old Feb 17 2005, 05:00 PM   #1
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For those of us always looking for new ways to look at the Arthurian legends.... I offer Jack Whyte's books, starting with The Skystone! It actually goes back to the Roman withdrawl from Britian... and the great-grandfather's of the boy who will become a legend.
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Old Feb 18 2005, 12:27 PM   #2
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I have almost the whole series. Haven't read it, but was able to buy them at a garage sale last year!

Even though, it's weird. Ever since I read "Mists of Avalon" by MZB, I just can't get into other views of the Arthurian legend.
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I have almost the whole series. Haven't read it, but was able to buy them at a garage sale last year!

Even though, it's weird. Ever since I read "Mists of Avalon" by MZB, I just can't get into other views of the Arthurian legend.
This one is much more historical fiction than fantasy. Mr. Whyte seems to have really done his homework into the world of the British Islands between 290 and 480 ad.
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Those are very nice. I like them. If you want grittier Arthur fiction, the sort that leaves you squirming a bit as you consider the not-so-nice side of the legends, try Bernard Cornwell's series, starting with "The Winter King"
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Another take on the Arthurian legend that I really enjoyed was the series by Stephen Lawhead: Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, and Pendragon. I believe there's a fifth one also. They are all out in paper back, and you can also get the audio books at audible.com.

I've read the first book in the Jack Whyte series and liked it very much. My hubby really enjoyed it also, and has read through the rest of the series. (Thinking maybe I need to re-read the 1st book and continue on - I've been looking for something to read lately).
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Can you people tell me some more about the angles to the Arthurian legend that might be used by Whyte and Cornwell?

Thanks for setting me on their tracks!
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Can you people tell me some more about the angles to the Arthurian legend that might be used by Whyte and Cornwell?

Thanks for setting me on their tracks!

Hans, Whyte is much more historical in his out-look, less based on the romatized views that sprung from Mallory. That being said, he DOESN'T leave out what the legends of that time might have been.

I've read Lawhead. My problem with him is the strong Christian slant. The world of Britian in the period ascribed to Aurther was a land in transition, and the Christians were not in a place of power.
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Thank you AnnMarie! I'll definitely hunt out the Whyte.
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