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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley marks a historic moment in the course of science fiction and fantasy, in that the story of King Arthur was told from the feminine perspective. Although a few writers preceded Bradley, her novel reached legendary success, and inspired a new generation of readers and writers of female-focused fantasy fiction. The book was also hallmark in its portrayal of pagan religions. Bradley shows the merging point when Christianity, through the reign of kings, begins to dominate the countryside of England. Much of the story deals in some way with keeping Arthur in the throne, since he respects both traditions. His death ultimately foreshadows the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Glad you mentioned Diana Paxson; she and MZB collaborated on an entire series of Avalon books predating Mists, that start all the
  • Hunter Liguore
    Hunter Liguore says #
    Thank you both for your comments. Yes, it is one of those tough questions regarding responsibility, a theme I see often in MZB's b
  • Heather Kaminski
    Heather Kaminski says #
    This is my favorite novel and I've given some thought to all you have talked about here. Ultimately as is the case with most leade

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