History Literature / TheOnceAndFutureKing

19th Apr '18 10:51:38 AM meganrenee
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* AdaptationalUgliness: Lancelot is generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as having an ugly, "ape-like" face.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: Lancelot is generally depicted as handsome in Arthurian legends and almost all adaptations, including the author's source material, but in the book he's emphatically described as ugly to the point of deformity, having an ugly, "ape-like" face.“twisted” and “ape-like” features and at one point explicitly compared to [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].


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* TheGrotesque: Played with regarding Lancelot- he’s a disfigured, self-loathing BrokenAce who nevertheless makes intense efforts to be as kind and good as possible. For the most part, however, those efforts pay off in how others treat him, and he’s so well-liked he has to live incognito and out of sight for a while to avoid receiving favors and quests.
28th Mar '18 4:58:17 PM Gosicrystal
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* RuleOfThree: Lancelot saves Guenever from the stake three times. The first time fighting for her honour against a lie, the second time fighting for her honour against a [[AccidentallyAccurate technical truth]] and the last time alongside his cousin knights against a truthful accusation.

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* RuleOfThree: Lancelot saves Guenever from the stake three times. The first time fighting for her honour against a lie, the second time fighting for her honour against a [[AccidentallyAccurate [[AccidentalTruth technical truth]] and the last time alongside his cousin knights against a truthful accusation.
14th Feb '18 10:21:43 AM moloch
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* AdaptationDistillation: Widely considered one of the Great English Fantasy Novels, and possibly the best modern retelling of the core of Arthur's story.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Widely considered one of the Great English Fantasy Novels, and possibly the best modern retelling of the core of Arthur's story.Malory's ChivalricRomance Arthur.
14th Feb '18 10:19:12 AM moloch
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White also worked on a fifth part set before Arthur's final battle, in which he was taught more lessons by Merlyn. Parts of it were incorporated into the collected edition's version of ''The Sword in the Stone''. In 1977, after White's death, it was published separately as ''Literature/TheBookOfMerlyn''. Some recent editions include it in the main volume as Book 5, with an editorial note to explain the material White reused for the original publication of the omnibus.

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White also worked on a fifth part set before Arthur's final battle, in which he was taught more lessons by Merlyn. Parts of it were incorporated into the collected edition's version of ''The Sword in the Stone''. In 1977, after White's death, it was published separately as ''Literature/TheBookOfMerlyn''. Some recent editions include it in the main volume as Book 5, with an editorial note to explain the material White reused for the original publication of the omnibus.
one-volume edition.
14th Feb '18 10:17:41 AM moloch
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White also worked on a fifth part set before Arthur's final battle, in which he was taught more lessons by Merlyn. Parts of it were incorporated into the collected edition's version of ''The Sword in the Stone''. In 1977, after White's death, it was published separately as ''Literature/TheBookOfMerlyn''.

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White also worked on a fifth part set before Arthur's final battle, in which he was taught more lessons by Merlyn. Parts of it were incorporated into the collected edition's version of ''The Sword in the Stone''. In 1977, after White's death, it was published separately as ''Literature/TheBookOfMerlyn''.
''Literature/TheBookOfMerlyn''. Some recent editions include it in the main volume as Book 5, with an editorial note to explain the material White reused for the original publication of the omnibus.
4th Feb '18 5:54:15 AM moloch
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* {{Foil}}: Gawaine and Aglovale - when the accidental death of King Lot to King Pellinore leads Gawaine to start a BloodFeud with the Pellinores, Arthur asks, nearly begs, Aglovale to end it after both families have lost a father and a brother, because the Kingdom and the Law cannot stand if they're to be forever divided by feuding. Aglovale, after giving it much thought, does. Later on, he is one of those killed by Lancelot's knights in the rescue of Guenever from the stake, where the deaths of Gawaine's brothers trigger the feud that will eventually tear down the kingdom, because no matter how much Arthur begs, Gawaine cannot forgive.

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* {{Foil}}: Gawaine and Aglovale - when the accidental death of King Lot to King Pellinore leads Gawaine to start a BloodFeud with the Pellinores, Arthur asks, nearly begs, Aglovale to end it after both families have lost a father and a brother, because the Kingdom and the Law cannot stand if they're to be forever divided by feuding. Aglovale, after giving it much thought, does. Later on, he is one of those killed by Lancelot's knights in the rescue of Guenever from the stake, where the deaths of Gawaine's brothers trigger the feud that will eventually tear down the kingdom, because no matter how much Arthur begs, Gawaine cannot forgive. [[spoiler: Until his deathbed.]]
4th Feb '18 5:44:14 AM moloch
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* TheAce: Deconstructed with the Grail Knights, the "purest" of the Table. Sir Galahad is so inhumanly ''perfect'' that he is disliked by most of his fellow knights because he's impossible to relate to on a human level. Sir Bors is so religiously dogmatic he left his brother to be flogged to free a maiden, which naturally didn't endear him to his brother, and his almost-total celibacy is explicitly because he despises women. Only Sir Percivale is liked by the others, because he's an innocent like his father Pellinore - simple, kind-hearted and a FriendToAllLivingThings.

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* TheAce: Deconstructed with the Grail Knights, the "purest" of the Table. Sir Galahad is so inhumanly ''perfect'' that he is disliked by most of his fellow knights because he's impossible to relate to on a human level. Sir Bors is so religiously dogmatic he left is willing to let harm or death come to others rather than sacrifice his brother to be flogged to free a maiden, which naturally didn't endear him to his brother, own purity, and his almost-total celibacy is explicitly because he despises women. Only Sir Percivale is liked by the others, because he's White's Percivale is an innocent like his father Pellinore - simple, kind-hearted and a FriendToAllLivingThings.FriendToAllLivingThings - when Guenever opines that he seemed to "bumble towards the Grail", Arthur notes his goodness was no less good for that.



* RuleOfThree: Lancelot fights for Guenever's honour three times. The first time against a lie, the second time against an [[AccidentallyAccurate metaphorical truth]] and the last and shameful time against the truth.

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* RuleOfThree: Lancelot fights for Guenever's honour saves Guenever from the stake three times. The first time fighting for her honour against a lie, the second time fighting for her honour against an a [[AccidentallyAccurate metaphorical technical truth]] and the last and shameful time alongside his cousin knights against the truth.a truthful accusation.



** TragicMistake: When Mordred was born, after prophecies and warnings made him fearful, nineteen-year-old Arthur had him, and other babies born at the same time, cast adrift to die at sea. That one sin, which [[TheAtoner he spends the rest of his life atoning for]], is what eventually brings his kingdom to ruin. Lancelot, during the final rescue of Guenever from the stake, laid about himself with his sword and killed the unarmed Gareth, whom he loved, and his brother Gaheris, driving Gawaine to pursue him in a BloodFeud.

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** TragicMistake: Arthur slept with his sister, albeit unknowingly. When Mordred was born, after prophecies and warnings made him fearful, nineteen-year-old Arthur had him, and other babies born at on the same time, day, cast adrift to die at sea. That one sin, which [[TheAtoner he spends the rest of his life atoning for]], is what eventually brings his kingdom to ruin. Lancelot, during the final rescue of Guenever from the stake, laid about himself with his sword and unknowingly killed the unarmed Gareth, whom he loved, and his brother Gaheris, driving Gawaine to pursue him in a BloodFeud.
4th Feb '18 3:56:43 AM moloch
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* {{Foil}}: Gawaine and Aglovale - when the accidental death of King Lot to King Pellinore leads Gawaine to start a BloodFeud with the Pellinores, Arthur asks, nearly begs, Aglovale to end it after both families have lost a father and a brother, because the Kingdom and the Law cannot stand if they're to be forever divided by feuding. Aglovale, after giving it much thought, does. Later on, he is one of those killed by Lancelot's knights in the rescue of Guenever from the stake, where the deaths of Gawaine's brothers trigger the feud that will eventually tear down the kingdom.

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* {{Foil}}: Gawaine and Aglovale - when the accidental death of King Lot to King Pellinore leads Gawaine to start a BloodFeud with the Pellinores, Arthur asks, nearly begs, Aglovale to end it after both families have lost a father and a brother, because the Kingdom and the Law cannot stand if they're to be forever divided by feuding. Aglovale, after giving it much thought, does. Later on, he is one of those killed by Lancelot's knights in the rescue of Guenever from the stake, where the deaths of Gawaine's brothers trigger the feud that will eventually tear down the kingdom.kingdom, because no matter how much Arthur begs, Gawaine cannot forgive.
4th Feb '18 3:56:18 AM moloch
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* {{Foil}}: Gawaine and Aglovale - when the accidental death of King Lot to King Pellinore leads Gawaine to start a BloodFeud with the Pellinores, Arthur asks, nearly begs, Aglovale to end it after both families have lost a father and a brother, because the Kingdom and the Law cannot stand if they're to be forever divided by feuding. Aglovale, after giving it much thought, does. Later on, he is one of those killed by Lancelot's knights in the rescue of Guenever from the stake, where the deaths of Gawaine's brothers trigger the feud that will eventually tear down the kingdom.
4th Feb '18 3:42:09 AM moloch
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* {{Tragedy}}: As early as ''The Queen of Air and Darkness'' White tells you this story is ultimately the Tragedy of King Arthur.
** FatalFlaw: Arthur's, sadly, is his innate decency and his sense of duty, refusing to see Mordred's scheming until it was too late. Because [[LawfulGood he feels he must be bound by his own laws too]], he will not rid himself of Mordred, and Mordred eventually uses Guenever and Lancelot's relationship as leverage to break the Table. Gawaine in turn is pathologically incapable of forgiving [[BloodFeud the deaths of his family]], and in seeking revenge against Lancelot for the deaths of Gareth and Gaheris, puts Mordred in position to seize the throne.
** TragicMistake: When Mordred was born, after prophecies and warnings made him fearful, nineteen-year-old Arthur had him, and other babies born at the same time, cast adrift to die at sea. That one sin, which [[TheAtoner he spends the rest of his life atoning for]], is what eventually brings his kingdom to ruin. Lancelot, during the final rescue of Guenever from the stake, laid about himself with his sword and killed the unarmed Gareth, whom he loved, and his brother Gaheris, driving Gawaine to pursue him in a BloodFeud.
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