This is the tragic tale of the rise and fall of Camelot - but seen through the eyes of Camelot's women: the devout Gwenhwyfar, Arthur's Queen; Vivane, High priestess of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake; above all, Morgaine, possessor of the sight, the wise, the wise-woman fated to bring ruin on... read more
“What good are dreams, except perhaps to you ladies in your great house?”Lancelet
“They lay side by side, barely touching, letting the power of the sun and the earth and the air move through them in harmony... it seemed that some time, a very long time ago, they had lain like this, content, timeless in an endless joyful peace, as if they were a part of the sanding stones which had stood here forever.”
“The magic of Avalon never changes... the mists and the reeds and the cry of the water birds... and then the barge, like magic, gliding from the silent shore. I know there is nothing for me here, and yet somehow I always return.”Morgaine
“A king must protect his people from outsiders, from invaders, and lead his people to defend themselves. A king must be the first to thrust himself between the land and all danger, just as a farmer stands to defend his fields from any robber. But it is not his duty to dictate to them what thier innermost hearts may do.”Arthur
“We are none of us so young anymore, and are not many of us who remember that time when we were all young together.”Arthur
“Her voice was very clear and low, but, the trained voice of a priestess, it could be heard to the farthest corners of the hall. "My king, I bid you look now on the sword you bear, and think on those who laid it in your hand, and what you swore-" In later years when all that had befallen that day was talked of far and wide, no two of the hundreds in that hall could agree on what had happened first.”
“There are now two Britains, Igraine: their world under their One God and the Christ; and, beside it and behind it, the world where the Great Mother still rules, the world where the Old People have chosen to live and worship. . . Our world -- ruled by the Goddess and the Horned One, her consort, the world you know, the world of many truths -- is being forced away from the mainstream course of time. Even now, Igraine, if a traveller sets out with no guide for the Isle of Avalon, unless he know the way very well, he cannot come there, but will find only the Isle of the Priests. To most men, our world is now lost in the mists of the Summer Sea.”Merlin
“What of the King Stag when the young stag is grown?”
“that by these, I am bound to this land, to suffer and perhaps to die if need be.”Accolon
“Know you my dearest wish, my lord and king?...That one day---not now, for the land is not yet ready for it, and neither are those who follow Christ---but one day, Druid and priest should worship as one; that within their great church, their sacred Eucharist should be celebrated with yonder cup and dish to hold their bread and wine, in token that all the Gods are as One.”Merlin
Followed by The Forest House.
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