That’s right, we’re back with Arthurian lore.
Turns out I was less familiar with the lore than I realized. I thought The Mists of Avalon was wildly different, but it turns out it’s pretty spot on, at least in terms of general events.
George Malory’s collection of stories is more in-depth than Howard Pyle’s, containing more adult content as well, like the love affair between Tristram and Isoud, as well as Launcelot and Guinevere. However, it seemed to drag on after a while. There’s only so many times you can read about two guys charging each other with lances until you get bored.
I guess I was expecting something more like The Mists of Avalon, versus the collection of episodes. I suppose if I hadn’t read so many versions of King Arthur already, maybe it wouldn’t have dragged on.
I’ve come to several conclusions after slogging my way through a variety of stories in the last couple months. First, the knights of the Round Table clearly need some sort of badge. They can’t recognize each other out and about, so they keep accidentally almost killing each other. Also, it’s amusing how Arthur is lauded as a great warrior, yet most of his knights (the ones we know by name, anyway), are way better, and in fact have beaten him in fights. So, really it seems he’s just another royal after all.
If you really want to get into Arthurian lore, Le Morte d’Arthur is a good place to start. I’d recommend it over Pyle’s simply because it’s more detailed and has more of the stories you want. But if you’re looking for something more cohesive, with a defined narrative, you’ll be better off with a novel.