History Literature / TheMistsOfAvalon

1st Aug '16 6:13:36 PM PaulA
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Published in 1983, ''The Mists of Avalon'' is a novel by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley. It is notable among the [[MemeticMutation many, many variants]] in [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] due to its approach - the story is told not only through the eyes of a woman, but through the eyes of one of the biggest villains in the legends. The narrator is Morgaine (Morgan le Fay or Morgan of the Fairies), who tells Arthur's tale (and her own) against the backdrop of approaching war with Rome and the Saxons, as well as religious war as Christianity threatens to destroy Avalon and Goddess worship in Britain.

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Published in 1983, ''The Mists of Avalon'' is a novel by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley. It is notable among the [[MemeticMutation many, many variants]] in [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian legend]] due to its approach - -- the story is told not only through the eyes of a woman, but through the eyes of one of the biggest villains in the legends. The narrator is Morgaine (Morgan le Fay or Morgan of the Fairies), who tells Arthur's tale (and her own) against the backdrop of approaching war with Rome and the Saxons, as well as religious war as Christianity threatens to destroy Avalon and Goddess worship in Britain.
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* AuthorFilibuster: MarionZimmerBradley is quite clear on her pro-feminist stance. She's also pretty vocal about religion.

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* AuthorFilibuster: MarionZimmerBradley Marion Zimmer Bradley is quite clear on her pro-feminist stance. She's also pretty vocal about religion.



* PerspectiveFlip: The story of Myth/KingArthur from the viewpoint of the women.

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* PerspectiveFlip: The story of Myth/KingArthur from the viewpoint of the women.women, and particularly of the women who are more usually depicted as villains.
1st Aug '16 12:12:04 AM PaulA
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* MyGirlIsASlut: King Lot of Orkney and his wife, Morgause, both sleep around, and are both fully aware of it. But they're still each other's best friend and confidante, and she is heartbroken when he dies.


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* PerspectiveFlip: The story of Myth/KingArthur from the viewpoint of the women.
15th Jun '16 8:41:38 AM Ingonyama
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* TwiceToldTale: While it is not strictly necessary to be familiar with Arthurian legend

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* TwiceToldTale: While it is not strictly necessary to be familiar with Arthurian legend to enjoy the book, it makes a lot more sense if you know the basics of the legends.
15th Jun '16 8:36:32 AM Ingonyama
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** Lot tried to bed Morgaine, his wife's niece. Morgause tried to bed Lancelot, ''her own'' nephew. Lot and Morgause were truly BirdsOfFeather.

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** Lot tried to bed Morgaine, his wife's niece. Morgause tried to bed Lancelot, ''her own'' nephew. Lot and Morgause were truly BirdsOfFeather.BirdsOfAFeather.



* KnightInShiningArmor: Lancelot. Could practically be a {{Trope Namer}}.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Lancelot. Could practically be a {{Trope Namer}}.TropeNamer.



* ManipulativeBitch: Viviane has a very no-nonsense approach to fulfilling The Goddess' will, down to [[spoiler:manipulate Morgaine and Arthur to commit incest and conceive a child out of it.]]

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* ManipulativeBitch: Viviane has a very no-nonsense approach to fulfilling The Goddess' will, down to [[spoiler:manipulate [[spoiler:manipulating Morgaine and Arthur to commit incest and conceive a child out of it.]]



* NeverMyFault: Mordred resents his biological parents because they abandoned him (despite the fact that Morgaine got him HappilyAdopted, and many other characters grew up in similar environments), and later Morgause who apparently "corrupted" him (we see them during his childhood and it appears like he is a cunning little brat whom she is trying to straighten out, ''and'' all of Morgause biological sons turned out fine), and finally it's all bad because of this damn Avalon and it's {{martiarchy}}!

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* NeverMyFault: Mordred resents his biological parents because they abandoned him (despite the fact that Morgaine got him HappilyAdopted, and many other characters grew up in similar environments), and later Morgause who apparently "corrupted" him (we see them during his childhood and it appears like he is a cunning little brat whom she is trying to straighten out, ''and'' all of Morgause Morgause's biological sons turned out fine), and finally it's all bad because of this damn Avalon and it's {{martiarchy}}!{{Matriarchy}}!



* ToxicFriendInfluence: Gwen's constant jabbing about sin to Arthur really doesn't do anyone any good. Morgause is accused of being this to young Gwydion by the [[HolierThaThou tad judgmental]] Viviane and [[NeverMyFault Mordred himself]], but there isn't any proof. Morgaine is often accused of it as well, usually in regards to Arthur.
* TheUnchosenOne: While Igraine is horrified after learning that she has to marry for the second time and give a birth to TheChosenOne, and Morgaine is understandably even more horrified upon learning that her "destiny" was to [[spoiler:bang her brother and produce a child]], Morgause would love to pop up some destined children and even offers Igraine to marry Uther instead of her, but is shunned.
* TheUnfavorite: Morgause, to the point that Viviane kicks her out of their TheHecateSisters assemble, counting Morgaine instead, and mentions several times, that she doesn't really trust and love her despite feeding her like her own baby. Of course, Viviane had some insight about who Morgause would become, but is hinted it's a bit of a SelfFulfillingProphecy - Morgaine (the only family member who liked Morgause) theorizes that her youngest aunt might have grown to become such an [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] AttentionWhore precisely because nobody paid attention to her in her youth.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lot and Morgause get along well. Sure, they are both philandering like there is no tomorrow, but they are both cool with the other one's cheating (Lot is about the only man in the book who doesn't invoke any kind of DoubleStandard here) and out of bed they ''like'' one another best. And they act as the RulingCouple in Lothien, with Lot admitting freely that his wife is as competent ruler as he is.

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* ToxicFriendInfluence: Gwen's constant jabbing about sin to Arthur really doesn't do anyone any good. Morgause is accused of being this to young Gwydion by the [[HolierThaThou [[HolierThanThou tad judgmental]] Viviane and [[NeverMyFault Mordred himself]], but there isn't any proof. Morgaine is often accused of it as well, usually in regards to Arthur.
* TheUnchosenOne: While Igraine is horrified after learning that she has to marry for the second time and give a birth to TheChosenOne, and Morgaine is understandably even more horrified upon learning that her "destiny" was to [[spoiler:bang her brother and produce a child]], Morgause would love to pop up out some destined children and even offers Igraine to marry Uther instead of her, but is shunned.
* TheUnfavorite: Morgause, to the point that Viviane kicks her out of their TheHecateSisters assemble, counting Morgaine instead, and mentions several times, that she doesn't really trust and love her despite feeding her like her own baby. Of course, Viviane had some insight about who Morgause would become, but is it's hinted it's a bit of a SelfFulfillingProphecy - Morgaine (the only family member who liked Morgause) theorizes that her youngest aunt might have grown to become such an [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] AttentionWhore precisely because nobody paid attention to her in her youth.
* UnholyMatrimony: Lot and Morgause get along well. Sure, they are both philandering like there is no tomorrow, but they are both cool with the other one's cheating (Lot is about the only man in the book who doesn't invoke any kind of DoubleStandard here) and out of bed they ''like'' one another best. And they act as the RulingCouple in Lothien, with Lot admitting freely that his wife is as competent a ruler as he is.
15th Jun '16 8:25:19 AM Ingonyama
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* HeManWomenHater: Gwen accuses ''[[RageAgainstHeavens the Christian God]]'' of being this.

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* HeManWomenHater: HeManWomanHater: Gwen accuses ''[[RageAgainstHeavens ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens the Christian God]]'' of being this.
13th Jun '16 2:05:29 PM Silverblade2
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* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Morgaine]] conceives a child by Arthur, a boy named Gwydion ("bright one"). [[spoiler: This is subverted somewhat in that Morgaine and Arthur did not know they were having sex with each other at the time. Morgaine hadn't seen her half-brother since he was 3, both were masked, and both were playing parts in a Sacred Marriage rite.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Morgaine]] conceives a child by Arthur, a boy named Gwydion ("bright one"). [[spoiler: This is subverted somewhat in that Morgaine and Arthur did not know they were having sex with each other at the time. Morgaine hadn't seen her half-brother since he was 3, both were masked, and both were playing parts in a Sacred Marriage rite.]]



** EvenTheGuysWantHim: And the nature of the men's admiration for him either is implied to, or explicitly stated to be homoerotic.
* TheChosenOne: Guess who. No, really! Guess!



** SparedByAdaptation: and yet, a few characters, such as Morgause, escape their canonical fates.



* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The nature of the men's admiration for Lancelot either is implied to, or explicitly stated to be homoerotic.



* KingArthur: See TheChosenOne.



* SparedByAdaptation: A few characters, such as Morgause, escape their canonical fates.



* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Take a guess.
13th May '16 7:57:25 PM Doug86
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* SexAsARiteOfPassage: The Sacred Marriage ritual, watch out your partner might be your sibling.

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* SexAsARiteOfPassage: SexAsRiteOfPassage: The Sacred Marriage ritual, watch out your partner might be your sibling.
8th Nov '15 8:55:58 PM QueenMarine
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* CallingTheOldManOut: Mordred does this to [[spoiler: Morgause after Gareth is killed.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite her back-stabbing ways, Morgause is shown to genuinely care for Igraine, Morgaine, Lot and her sons to the point where [[spoiler: Gareth's death and Mordred's ReasonYouSuck speech leaves her shocked and broken.]]

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite her back-stabbing ways, Morgause is shown to genuinely care for Igraine, Morgaine, Lot and her sons to the point where [[spoiler: Gareth's death and Mordred's ReasonYouSuck speech subsequent abandoning of her leaves her shocked and broken.]]
8th Nov '15 8:49:26 PM QueenMarine
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Despite her back-stabbing ways, Morgause is shown to genuinely care for Igraine, Morgaine, Lot and her sons to the point where [[spoiler: Gareth's death and Mordred's ReasonYouSuck speech leaves her shocked and broken.]]
8th Nov '15 8:35:49 PM QueenMarine
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Pretty much all of the royal characters are shown either actively participating in leading their country or fighting in war
** Though, in Morgaine's case, it's both a straight and averted case; she is active in her tasks for Avalon, but she utterly neglects her duties as Duchess of Cornwall.
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