Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Sword and the Circle, Sept. 20 Meeting

Author Rosemary Sutcliff is a master reteller of classics. We Pig Skulls read her excellent retelling of Homer's Odyssey some time ago. The Sword and the Circle continues this pedigree of excellence and makes the ancient Arthurian legend accessible to readers leery about reading Malory's version.

Learn how Merlin and London's Archbishop make it possible for young Arthur to claim his rightful inheritance as High King of all Britain at a time when Roman Legions have abandoned native Celts and Romans to invading Saxons. See the mysterious Lady of the Lake's hand bestow Arthur with the sword Excalibur. Read about the creation of the Knights of the Round Table and marvel at the knights' many quests. Experience knightly chivalry and damsels in distress.

The Sword and the Circle is the first installment of Sutcliff's trilogy that includes The Quest for the Holy Grail and The Death of King Arthur.