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Arthurian > Le Morte D'Arthur - Book 7

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Lia | 522 comments Mod
Book 7 opens with a feast. Which really reminds me of the Olympians, or the Phaeacians, or Ithacans.

Maybe I’m bringing too much Greek myths into Arthurian romance, but it seems the function is the same: there’s suspended hostility, or disorder. An uneasy truce is expressed with feasting.

message 2: by Lia (new)

Lia | 522 comments Mod
There’s something sadomasochistic about the lady / knight dynamics. I don’t know why people seem to think enduring humiliation (Odysseus, “Beaumains”) is supposed to make you heroic.

There’s nothing special about the “lady” either, “damosel” sounds useless, entitled, snobbish, abusive, vain, bigoted, and entirely horrible. Why her? Why debase yourself?

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Lia | 522 comments Mod
"Anon as the dwarf..." sounds strangely modern (as in 21st century).

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