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King Arthur's enchantresses : Morgan and her sisters in Arthurian tradition

Author: Carolyne Larrington
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"King Arthur: the very name summons visions of courtly chivalry and towering castles, of windswept battlefields and heroic quests, and above all of the charismatic monarch who dies but who one day shall return again. The Arthurian legend lives on as powerfully and enduringly as ever. Yet there is an aspect to this myth which has been neglected, but which is perhaps its most potent part of all. For central to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Legends
Romances
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Larrington, Carolyne.
King Arthur's enchantresses.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2006
(OCoLC)646949242
Named Person: Arthur, King; Arthur, King.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyne Larrington
ISBN: 1845111133 9781845111137
OCLC Number: 70653191
Description: 264 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Magic and the enchantress --
Morgan and Arthur --
Morgan and chivalry --
Morgan, other knights and enchantresses --
Viviane, the Damoiselle Cacheresse and the lady of the lake --
The queen or Orkney --
Vivien and the victorians --
Morgan, Morgause and the modern age.
Other Titles: Morgan and her sisters in Arthurian tradition
Responsibility: Carolyne Larrington.

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For central to the Arthurian stories are the mysterious, sexually alluring enchantresses, the spellcasters and mistresses of magic. This work talks about these dangerous women. It contributes to  Read more...

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"'A good book on Arthur's enchantresses, Morgan-le-Fay among them, is long overdue, and this one is very good. Carolyne Larrington's wide knowledge of Arthurian literature from the Middle Ages Read more...

 
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