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reviewed Knights of the Round. March 01, 2012
Knights of the Round
You may recall that in Monty Python's take on the story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, Arthur got into an argument with a snooty French castle keeper about how coconuts could have randomly fallen …
posted a Quick Tip about Excalibur (1981 film). September 08, 2011
Excalibur (1981)
Arguably the most ambitious theatrical film to take on the Arthurian legend, director John Boorman's 1981 epic Excalibur is in reality something of a mess, but a beautiful one. I'm going to preface …
posted a Quick Tip about Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1). January 16, 2011
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1)
An awesome, ambitious and very clever re-telling of the Arthurian legend. But for me, the heavy-handed almost sermonizing emphasis on the birth of Christianity got in the way. You may wish to judge for …
reviewed Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1). January 16, 2011
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1)
Stephen Lawhead's storytelling is certainly ambitious. In Taliesin, he has proposed nothing less than a fanciful, fluid blending of three mythologies into a single epic history - the twilight and …
reviewed Clothar the Frank. September 17, 2010
Clothar the Frank
CLOTHAR THE FRANK, the 6th novel in Jack Whyte's extended series THE CAMULOD CHRONICLES, steps back from Dark Ages England and moves across the channel into post-Roman Gaul to provide an imaginative, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Lady of Shalott (J.W. Waterhouse .... August 24, 2010
The Lady of Shalott
Agatha Christie took Tennyson's words from the Lady of Shalott "the mirror crack'd from side to side" as the title of one of her novels. When she faced reality and looked out the window instead of at …
posted a Quick Tip about Camelot. August 24, 2010
Loved this film, and I am not a lover of the musical genre. I actually saw this on stage, I was captivated!!!
posted a Quick Tip about The Beguiling of Merlin. July 29, 2010
The Beguiling of Merlin
Although I don't visualize either Merlin or the Lady of the Lake looking like this, I do love this painting and the use of soft Earth-tone colors. Somehow, it also reminds me of the Elves in Tolkien's …
posted a Quick Tip about The Lady of Shalott (J.W. Waterhouse .... July 29, 2010
The Lady of Shalott
One of my favorite Pre-Raphaelite works. This image is almost synonymous with Tennyson's poem.
posted a Quick Tip about Queen Guinevere's Maying. May 21, 2010
Queen Quinevere's Maying
As far as artistic depictions of Guinevere go, I don't think anybody has done better than John Collier did with this astonishing painting.
posted a Quick Tip about The Damsel of the Sanct Grail. May 21, 2010
The Damsel of the Sanct Grail
I just recently discovered this piece. I think it's so haunting & dark. One of the lesser known Rossetti paintings I think, but a great one.
reviewed Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1). September 30, 2008
Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1)
Book one of The Pendragon Cycle, in which the tale is told of the "twilight of Atlantis--and of the brilliant dawning of the Arthurian Era!" Lawhead sometimes writes down to the level of romantic pseudo-historical …
reviewed The Forest House. May 24, 2008
The Forest House
Pros: Descriptive language, good dialog, interesting treatment of history.     Cons: Often tragic.     The Bottom Line: This novel is a good back story for the …
reviewed Priestess of Avalon. May 17, 2008
Priestess of Avalon
Pros: Engaging story, believable dialog, presents some historic facts.     Cons: Sometimes descriptions are superficial.      The Bottom Line: I'd recommend this …
reviewed Excalibur (1981 film). July 09, 2005
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Excalibur (1981)
John Boorman's epic classic of the "Dark Ages" needs no more accolades, but in serving repetition, his "EXCALIBUR" remains the supreme enactment of the Arthurian legend!    Tennyson …
reviewed Excalibur (1981 film). May 23, 2004
Excalibur (1981)
At times the acting pushes the envelope a bit, especially Nigel Terry in the title role. But Helen Mirren defines erotic evil as Morganna, while Cherie Lunghi is equally appealing as the fair wife of …
reviewed The Once and Future King. January 26, 2003
The Once and Future King
A selection from Jill's library, she recommended White's magnum opus to me as a book that she loved from her youth, but wasn't quite sure how well it help up today. After reading it, I can see how it …
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