The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

Book - 1982
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"Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, The Mists of Avalon will stay with you for a long time to come...."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1982, c1984.
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ISBN: 9780394524061
0394524063
9780345350497
0345350499
9780345441188
0345441184
Call Number: BRADLEY
Characteristics: xi, 884 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Arthur, -- King -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Arthurian romances.
Fantasy fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066 -- Fiction.
Avalon (Legendary place) -- Fiction.

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AL_ELIA Jun 21, 2017

I could not put this book down. I was so captivated by the world created in the stories. The familiar stories of King Arthur and his knights are rewoven through eyes of the women who guided them: Priestesses, Faeries, Great Queens, and Sorceresses. Oh my! A must read for any fantasy fiction enthusiast! :D

SaraLovesBooks Oct 18, 2016

I have never been one to like the Arthurian legends. They just never interested me. Then I read "Mists of Avalon". I loved how Bradley wrote the story from the perspective of the female characters. I liked the conflict between the ancient pagan religions and the "new" Christian religion, and how it was presented. I loved ultimately how human the characters were, in the choices that they made.

AL_JENNY Aug 27, 2016

The story of Camelot from the perspective of the female characters. I couldn't put it down!

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Rubicat
Jun 13, 2016

I have read this story 3 times and loved it each time. It is a charming and seemingly well researched retelling of the Merlin & King Arthur story from a different perspective - that of the women in Arthur's life. The views and life and beliefs of Morgan le Fay are particularly intriguing. Bradley is an outstanding storyteller and she does not disappoint here.

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tigerlily_13
Jun 10, 2016

I'm not a big fan of the King Arthur stories--or anything about the pagan druids-- as most of them are set during medieval Britain, rather than the historically correct Roman Britain. I did find The Mists of Avalon rather interesting when I read it in 2000, howbeit...too much on the pagan religion.

KCLSLibrarians Aug 28, 2014

The classic tale of Camelot and Arthur as told from a feminist perspective. Bradley weaves the story around the lives of Morgan le Faye and all the powerful Ladies of the Lake.

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PY_Display
Jun 03, 2014

An awesomely amazing epic book about the world of King Arthur. Mostly told from the female point of view, this takes the Arthurian tale and puts a different perspective on things. Clashes of family, religion, tradition, progress, temptation, and fate all add up to a story way better than what you remembered as a kid. And that was already a pretty good story to begin with. :)

JCLAmandaH Feb 11, 2014

The magic of Arthurian legend, Celtic mythology, and pagan spirituality with a feminist slant. Required reading for all teen girls, right? It will change the way you look at these characters and the perspectives of historical interpretation.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 28, 2013

This was my first exposure to Arthurian legend--I read it at age 12 and had never so much as seen the Disney cartoon. It was a book I read over and over again for years, and I've never been able to stomach any version of the story that paints Gwenhwyfar as a heroine!

Merlin88 Jan 07, 2013

The best Arthurian tale I've ever read.

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EPLPicks_Teen Apr 07, 2010

Morgan le Fay turns against her younger brother Arthur when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

FavouriteFiction Oct 01, 2009

The tale of King Arthur and Camelot as experienced by the women central to it; Gwenhwyfar, Igraine, Viviane and Morgan.

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