David M.'s Reviews > Idylls of the King
by Alfred Tennyson, J.M. Gray
Another facet of this story that seems to be overlooked is that Arthur is not a likable character. When Arthur establishes the court of Camelot, he brings to himself men he believes shares his vision of women adoration, idyllic sporting, and the occasional quest. Some knights do hold to this life, but others, like Tristram and Guinevere, are human beings; it's unreasonable for a saint to hold all to his own morals. Arthur's reproach of Guinevere shows that he married her to win a crown, not to love her like the flesh and blood woman that she was. It's only when he's dying does he wonder that it might not be possible for all to live like him.
Despite personal views on whether or not Tennyson hated women like no other person, this is an exceptional take on the Arthurian legend, and the Penguin addition contains interesting notes compiled from not just Tennyson, but the author's son as well. Highly reccomended!