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The stories of Arthur and his court at Camelot are more than either a fragment of history or an ancient myth; they are a miraculous structure within which there are as many places for exploration as there are those of us who choose to search for them. We who choose to go there conduct the quest within our own imaginations, and in there we have no boundaries to restrict where we might go.

That at least appears to have been the perspective adopted by the many authors who have chosen to write about or around the subject of  "the once and future king"; from the12th century Geoffrey of Monmouth, through Wace, Layamon, Chretien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, and many others to Tennyson's classic Idylls of the King and the more recent imaginative writings of T.H.White, Mary Stewart, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Bernard Cornwell.

Although I have no pretentions to list my name with theirs, for I am their debtor and in no way their equal, it is also the perspective on which this web site is founded and is open to submissions from others who may wish to add to the catalogue of Arthuriana.

Since first reading Malory's version of the story, I have been intrigued, paticularly, by the relationship he draws between Arthur and his sister Morgan le Fay, and have long wondered why it was she, who had quite deliberately tried more than once to cause his death, who was clearly the principal of those in whose ship Arthur is carried away to be healed of his wounds after the battle at Camlann.

The threads of intrigue and jealousy Malory wove between them in the earlier parts of his book led me to question why he then chose to place her in such a supportive role towards its end, without any indication of a change in her attitude. Malory's Morgan did nothing without reason and what, I wondered, could be the reason in this instance? Discounting sisterly love, for Malory provides no evidence of that, the remaining possibilities are more supportive to her advancement than Arthur's survival.  Indeed, by placing Arthur in Morgan's hands, Malory reduces his chances of survival to the very slim. Unless....?

In exploration of this idea, and as an entirely selfish indulgence, I started to piece together an account of events following Arthur's departure into his sister's care.   At present it is far from complete. The first parts of it are available through the pages of this website under the provisional title  "Glastonbury", but I must ask you to be patient for its completion; I write slowly and some of my time is given to other adventures in writing .

If you have read this far, it is fairly certain you share my interest in the Arthurian legends.  I hope you will return from time to time to keep in touch with the development of my Glastonbury story. For a more lighthearted look at the Arthurian legend, my book, The Alternative Idylls of The King, is available for purchase. See the relevant web pages of this site for details.  

However, this site is more about the Arthurian legends than about me, and its restructuring allows for others who have set their feet on the road to Camelot to share their own interpretations of the Arthurian theme. If you wish to do so, please read the Submissions page before e-mailing your contribution.

 

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