History Literature / TheOnceAndFutureKing

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* AllohistoricalAllusion: Crossed with AnachronismStew below; the book doesn't explicitly take place in an alternate universe, but whenever the narrator makes reference to a real-life medieval English monarch, he'll refer to them as "legendary" or "imaginary."


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* ReferenceOverdosed: It's packed with historical and literary allusions (mostly medieval, but with plenty of Shakespeare and others thrown into the mix).
30th Jan '17 12:08:51 AM Raconteur
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* MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of good.

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* MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of for good.
30th Jan '17 12:08:01 AM Raconteur
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*MightMakesRight: A central discussion within the book. Arthur strives to leave behind the old school's ideas of "Might Is Right" and redirect it as "Might for Right", adapting Might as a force of good.
-->'''Lancelot''': The man with the strongest arm in a clan gets made the head of it, and does what he pleases. That is why why call it Fort Mayne. You want to put an end to the Strong Arm, by having a band of knights who believe in justice rather than strength. Yes, I would like to be one of those very much.
12th Jan '17 3:51:23 PM Raconteur
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*CelibateHero: Required if you want to reach the Holy Grail. Thus, Sir Galahad, Sir Percival and Sir Bors (though he has had sex once, it is forgiven for it was for the sole purpose of bearing a child).



* ContinuityNod: The narrator flatout brings up ''[[Literature/LeMorteDarthur Le Morte d'Arthur]]'' in reference to several of the book's events but also expands on characterization and story.

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* ContinuityNod: The narrator flatout brings up ''[[Literature/LeMorteDarthur Le Morte d'Arthur]]'' in reference to several of the book's events but [[Main/AdaptationExpansion also expands on characterization and story.story]].
10th Jan '17 11:39:58 PM Raconteur
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# ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.

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# ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier ''[[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.
10th Jan '17 11:39:33 PM Raconteur
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# ''The Queen of Air and Darkness'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.

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# ''The ''[Main/DarkerAndEdgier The Queen of Air and Darkness'', Darkness]]'', covers the early part of Arthur's reign, the founding of the Knights of the Round Table, and introduces Morgause, the mother of Arthur's nemesis Mordred.
10th Jan '17 11:28:52 PM Raconteur
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* EternalHero: Lampshaded and parodied in ''The Candle in the Wind'', where Merlin (who was born an old man at the end of the universe and lives his life backwards in time to an eventual death as a baby during the Big Bang) devotes a couple of paragraphs to [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall confusing Arthur by criticising future retellings of his legend]], [[GenreSavvy mercilessly savaging White's version ("Imagine, beginning with the Normans and ending with the Wars of the Roses")]] for using ComicBookTime to allow Arthur and the others to [[MindScrew live through centuries of history while simultaneously only living for normal human lifespans.]]

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* EternalHero: Lampshaded and parodied in ''The Candle in the Wind'', where Merlin (who was born an old man at the end of the universe and lives his life backwards in time to an eventual death as a baby during the Big Bang) devotes a couple of paragraphs to [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall confusing Arthur by criticising criticizing future retellings of his legend]], [[GenreSavvy mercilessly savaging White's version ("Imagine, beginning with the Normans and ending with the Wars of the Roses")]] for using ComicBookTime to allow Arthur and the others to [[MindScrew live through centuries of history while simultaneously only living for normal human lifespans.]]



* HotWitch: Queen Morgause is described as a "black-haired, blue-eyed beauty". She ends up sleeping with Arthur and sitting in motion his downfall.

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* HotWitch: Queen Morgause is described as a "black-haired, blue-eyed beauty". She ends up sleeping with Arthur and sitting setting in motion his eventual downfall.
10th Jan '17 11:26:59 PM Raconteur
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* EvilCounterpart: The drunken, lazy St. Toirdelbach is to the Orkney boys what Merlyn is to Arthur.
10th Jan '17 11:23:53 PM Raconteur
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* MoodWhiplash: ''The Queen of Air and Darkness'' switches from the lighthearted romps of the comical King Pellinore and the darker scenes featuring Queen Morgause.
9th Jan '17 11:29:30 PM Raconteur
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# ''[[Main/ADayInTheLimeLight The Ill-Made Knight]]'', concerning Sir Lancelot.

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# ''[[Main/ADayInTheLimeLight The Ill-Made Knight]]'', concerning focuses on Sir Lancelot.Lancelot as he begins to fall in love with the Queen, while championing Arthur's vision of a better world.


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* HotWitch: Queen Morgause is described as a "black-haired, blue-eyed beauty". She ends up sleeping with Arthur and sitting in motion his downfall.


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*OedipusComplex: [[Main/WellDoneSonGuy All of the Orkney boys suffer from desperately wanting to please their]] [[EvilMatriarch mother, Morgause]]. But it's heavily implied that only Mordred and Aggravaine are sexually attracted to her. [[spoiler: [[{{Matricide}} To the point where they end up murdering her. Yikes.]]]]
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