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Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles, #3) Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell
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“Only a fool wants war, but once a war starts then it cannot be fought half-heartedly. It cannot even be fought with regret, but must be waged with a savage joy in defeating the enemy, and it is that savage joy that inspires our bards to write their greatest songs about love and war.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“History is not just a tale of men’s making, but is a thing tied to the land. We call a hill by the name of a hero who died there, or name a river after a princess who fled beside its banks, and when the old names vanish, the stories go with them and the new names carry no reminder of the past.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“She is a woman, and what women want, they get, and if the world and all it holds must be broken in the getting, then so be it.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“So, in the morning light, where they flapped in the drying wind, the bear and the star defied the Saxons.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“Dreams are like songs. Their task is not to offer an exact image of the world, but a suggestion of it.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“My dear Lord,’ I said, but not to him. I spoke to Arthur. And I watched and wept, my arm around Ceinwyn, as the pale boat was swallowed by the shimmering silver mist. And so my Lord was gone. And no one has seen him since.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“Guinevere grimaced. ‘Do you know how cloying love can be, Derfel? I don’t want to be worshipped. I don’t want every whim granted. I want to feel there’s something biting back.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“And afterwards, you recall little, except the blows that so nearly killed you. You work and push and stab to make an opening in their shield wall. And then you grunt and lunge and slash to widen the gap. And only then does the madness take over. As the enemy breaks and you can begin to kill like a god. Because the enemy is scared and running or scared and frozen. And all they can do is die while you harvest souls.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“- Nós queremos a fidelidade nas pessoas que amamos, senhora, então não é óbvio que elas a queiram em nós? A fidelidade é um presente que oferecemos aos que amamos.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“Christianity is not a religion that offers the solace of revenge to its adherents. For that you must go to the old women who know which herbs to pluck and what charms to say under a waning moon.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur
“So now I shall write the tale’s ending with my sword beside me and I shall hope that I am given time to finish this tale of Arthur, my Lord, who was betrayed, reviled and, after his departure, missed like no other man was ever missed in all of Britain’s history.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“Quando a gente está com problemas é útil descobrir alguém que esteve na mesma dificuldade.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“And thus Lancelot died, though the songs he had paid for lived on, and to this day he
is celebrated as a hero equal to Arthur. Arthur is remembered as a ruler, but Lancelot
is called the warrior. In truth he was the King without land, a coward, and the greatest
traitor of Britain, and his soul wanders Lloegyr to this day, screaming for its shadowbody that can never exist because we cut his corpse into scraps and fed it to the river.
If the Christians are right, and there is a hell, may he suffer there for ever.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur
“there was something about Gawain’s youth and credulity that was driving me to puncture his pious innocence.”
Bernard Cornwell, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur