King Arthur's story retold? :)

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  1. Daisydaresya

    Daisydaresya Science fiction fantasy

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    Can anyone recommend me a good retelling of the King Arthur story?

    Picture attached just cause its cool! (supposedly this is meant to be the "round table" of king arthur! - its in winchester, uk near where I went to boarding school)

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  2. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    Two that immediately come to mind are Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, which got some discussion here: The Warlord Chronicles Trilogy by Bernard Cornwell

    Cornwell also wrote the Anglo-Saxon Last Kingdom series, the first two books of which were made into a really good TV series last year, but is perhaps more famous for Sean Bean's Sharpe.

    There's also the Pendragon Cycle by Stephen Lawhead, starting with Taliesen.

    I'm sure other recommendations will be forthcoming. :)
     
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    I read this many years ago (at least 25) and really enjoyed it - would I enjoy it today? Honestly I don't know, times & tastes change etc


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    The Once and Future King set of novels by T.H.White is very good. It starts off as a children's/YA book (The Sword in the Stone) but the novels become increasingly grown up as they go on.

    I think John Steinbeck's book The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights is brilliant but it might not be to everyone's tastes.
     
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  6. The Big Peat

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    For me, the Cornwell books are the gold standard in terms of an entertaining retelling. They do take a deliberate historical slant (insofar as you can with Arthur) so might not be what you're looking for, but I'd look at them at least.

    Rosemary Sutcliff put out versions of the story. They're alright. Remember trying to get into TH White and failing (but his reputation is quite a big one). I remember reading The Mists of Avalon and being super impressed but then I learnt a bit more about the author and there is a caveat over suggesting that as a result.
     
  7. Daisydaresya

    Daisydaresya Science fiction fantasy

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    OMG you guys <3

    That is so much to chew through!

    In your expert opinions where should I start? ;)
     
  8. Daisydaresya

    Daisydaresya Science fiction fantasy

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    I dunno I kinda like the history bit... much better than a fairy tale. as long as it doesn't read like a text book ya know.

    Yeah.. TH White showed up first in my google searches... whats the caveat?
     
  9. The Big Peat

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    It certainly doesn't read like a text book! Its a blood and guts attempt to be faithful to what Arthur would have been like in real dark ages Britain. Look it up.

    Caveat with Mists of Avalon - the author Marion Zimmer Bradley, has been very complicit with the sexual abuse of children (and may have been an abuser herself). Some can overlook that in an author, some can't.
     
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    I would suggest Helen Hollick's Pendragon Banner series. Very strong on history and it also reads like a Greek tragedy. It is powerful.

    Firelord by Parke Godwin has a brilliant twist on the Merlin and Lancelot story.

    Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles are the gold standard in modern retellings as has already being mentioned.

    Those would be the three authors who I would highly recommend.
     
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    Hah. The Round Table in the Great Hall in Winchester. One of my childhood haunts along with the other mediavel parts of that city. It actually dates from Tudor times and might have been commissioned by Henry VIII, who was a bit of a fan. I think his eldest son (drowned) was called Arthur.
    Well worth a visit.
     
  12. svalbard

    svalbard Well-Known Member

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    An interesting retelling of the legend set in Texas at some time in the late 19th century.

    Arthur as a Lawman, Merlin a Preacher, Lancelot a gunnslinger etc.

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