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[PDF / Epub] ✍ The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere ☁ Phyllis Ann Karr – Livre-game-of-thrones.co chapter 1 The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere, meaning The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere, genre The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere, book cover The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere, flies The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere, The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere 8dc01c5f6f3fc In The Idylls Of The Queen, Phyllis Ann Karr Takes An Incident The Murder Of Sir Patrise From Thomas Malory S Le Morte D Arthur And Creates An Intelligent, Complex, And Fascinating Mystery Novel Perfect For Fans Of Historical Mysteries, Of British Legends, And Of FantasyQueen Guenevere Is Giving A Dinner To Honor King Arthur S Knights When One Guest, Sir Patrise, Falls Dead Of Poison The Dead Man S Cousin Accuses The Queen Of Murder, And She Is Taken Away, To Be Held Until Her Trial By Combat If Her Knight Champion Wins, Guenevere Will Be Declared Innocent And Freed If He Loses, She Will Be Burned To Death As A Murderer She Is Unlikely To Survive The Trial Most Of Britain S Mightiest Knights Were At The Dinner, And Therefore Cannot Fight For The Queen Her Champion And Secret Lover, The Invincible Lancelot, Has Vanished And, As Sir Kay Realizes, Trial By Combat Determines Only Is Who Is The Better Fighter, Not Who Is Guilty Kay Knows The Queen Is Innocent And An Unsuspected Murderer Is Loose In Feud Filled Camelot A Murderer Who Intended To Kill A Person Or Persons Other Than The Obscure Knight Patrise, And Who Is Poised To Kill Again With The Trial Only Days Away, Kay Joins With The Great Knights Gawaine And Gareth And Their Half Brother, King Arthur S Bastard Son Mordred, In Two Quests To Find The Missing Lancelot, And To Uncover The True Murderer Cynthia Ward

10 thoughts on “The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere

  1. says:

    The Idylls of the Queen is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, Arthurian novel Undoubtably this is due to the fact that it is told from the point of view of Sir Kay, whom I always felt sorry for it s a elder sibling thing Karr, however, does know the medieval tradition upon which she is drawing If you have read the old Arthurian stories de Troyes, Malory and so on there are wonderful gems in the off hand comments that some characters make If you haven t read any of the Arthurian stories upon which Karr draws, it doesn t matter the book is accessible to newbies The plot of the novel is a mystery taken from Arthurian tradition Karr, however, puts Kay in the role of detective.

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    Unlike most contemporary Arthurian literature, which tends to borrow a framework and set of characters much, in fact, as medieval writers did , Karr sticks closely to Malory s account but fills in details and backstory to create a whole new approach She begins with a fairly minor tale from Le Morte D Arthur a knight, Sir Patrise, dies while at a small dinner given by the queen His cousin accuses her of poisoning Patrise, and declares that he will prove this by fighting the champion of her choice Several parties of knights ride out to find Lancelot, who is absent In Malory s account no attention is given to the crime beyond the drama it creates, but Karr takes the supposition that at least some of those involved would have wanted to find out who actually perpetrated the murder Focusing on Sir Kay, Arthur s foster brother and steward, and Mordred, who decide to travel together to consult the Lady of the Lake, she explores the interpersonal and family dynamics that play such an influential role in the Arthurian story cycle This mystery is set after the Grail Quest, so there is a large corpus of past interactions which the two men discuss in an attempt to decide who may have acted from a hidden grudge against the queen, Sir Patrise, or perhaps another guest at the dinner who was the intended victim The glut of information may be somewhat confusing for readers who are minimally familiar with the Arthurian legends Karr does explain fairly clearly, but you need to pay close attention to keep all the individuals and their relationships straight.

  3. says:

    This is really A Tale of Sir Kay His Never ending Snark , but I suppose Guenevere s name sells books I loved Kay his banter with Mordred, and the book was a light, entertaining read throughout Excellent voice nice plotting, even if you might already know some of what gets revealed Though you can t necessarily predict the who dunnit.

  4. says:

    I really loved reading Idylls of the Queen It took me a while to get into, because the flippant stories of Camelot are much less my thing, but at its heart the story loved the older tellings of the story, which helped you can tell by the fact that Phyllis Ann Karr chose an epigraph for each chapter from Malory It was fun playing spot the source, too.Kay s narrative voice is delightful, and the mystery is fun, too It helps if you have a good knowledge of Malory, both to follow the plot and make your own guesses, and to see what Karr is doing so cleverly I loved her version of Gawain, too, and her sympathy with the female characters of the stories was a joy to read Morgan Le Fay getting to tell her own story obviously not totally novel, but fresh enough.I m not sure how much this is actually going to help me with my dissertation, but it s a very fun book anyway.

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    Haven t read this book since it came out in 1982 WOW It is even better than I remember it If you are a fan of the old Malory tales of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table then you will definitely eat this up PAK takes details from Le Morte d Arthur and weaves them into a medieval whodunit Sir Kay, the third rate hero and maybe second rate villain as well as the King s stepbrother, reveals unknown depths as he tries to save the Queen from the flames when she is accused of poisoning a young knight and attempting to poison Sir Gawain Even Mordred shows a human side when compared to the two dimensional treatment he is usually given In fact, you learn about many of the usual heroes than you ever suspected And Karr does all of this without disturbing any of the original details or conventions Very well done

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    Reviewed here enjoyable Arthurian mystery, treating the same episode in Malory as Dark Jenny, which I reviewed for Ideomancer That is, the poisoning of Sir Patrise and the false accusation against Guenevere, which makes for a good mystery framework The authors take rather different approaches, though Dark Jenny features an original character from an ongoing series, while Idylls of the Queen rehabilitates the Sir Kay, Arthur s foster brother, making him a hero in his own right I picked up this book to scratch my sympathetic Mordred itch my copy of The Winter Prince is out of state Mordred is a major supporting character, like Kay trying to solve the mystery of who poisoned Sir Patrise, as it is suspected that the poison was aimed at his brother Gawain This Mordred is sarcastic, infuriating, sharp witted enough, loyal to his mother, and tormented by the knowledge that he is prophesied to be the downfall of Camelot This makes him suicidal, but as by medieval standards a suicide damned his soul, he mostly tries to get other people to kill him His humor, and Kay s skeptical narration, stop his character from being weighed down by angst.So it scratched the Mordred itch, but this book also dug up my Gawain feelings from way back when I read Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight which is clearly an influence on this portrayal of Gawain He s far from perfect, but he s honorable to a fault.And what of Kay, the main character He s pragmatic, being a seneschal and not much of a fighter in fact, he loses the climactic fight with the bad guy He s the guy who makes sure everyone gets fed, not the guy who goes off on quests, and he has a cynical attitude towards glory seeking Oh, and he s desperately in love with Guenevere which accounts for his bitterness towards Lancelot, who is Sir Not Appearing in this Book Kay s a fun narrator, but I found my sympathies deeply engaged by the Orkney brothers The emotional climax of the book is when Kay gathers the brothers together and makes them face some unpleasant truths.The book bogs down for a bit in the middle, when they re visiting Morgan le Fay, and also the villains tend to be unsympathetic from the get go both sanctimonious in different ways But those are minor flaws, as the novel picks up towards the end and repays the investment At the end of the book, I was only sad there wasn t .

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    Dear King Arthur or specifically, the Morte Dartur fans, you will love this book.So here s the deal this book is a genre blend The narrator, Kay, is the closest we ever get to a jaded noir detective, and quite frankly he plays the role to grumpy perfection Next, the book takes its characters straight from the human level everyone has a problem, a grudge, a secret, and it all stems from Thomas Malory s source material But best of all, it doesn t fall into the stereotypical portrayal of arthurian characters Sure, I don t completely love how Gareth doesn t seem to be a favourite of the author s, but this version of him was still well written and made sense given the other Orkney brothers characterization Also I just love how Kay s perspective makes everything just a bit less glamorous and ideal in an The Office way No matter how dramatic Mordred gets, Kay remains down to earth and stuck in the mud I say this with affection, it s not Kay s fault he s so practical.Finally, this is just a great mystery with a compelling cast and engaging writing If you re a fan of the middle ages, King Arthur, or just love a fun adventure mystery, you deserve to have a good time while reading this book.

  8. says:

    Here s an odd thing an Arthurian murder mystery It s based on an incident from Sir Thomas Malory s Le Morte d Arthur, the death of Sir Patrise, who dies after eating a poisoned apple at Queen Guenevere s dinner table When Guenevere is accused of the crime, the loyal seneschal, Sir Kay, sets out to prove her innocence with Mordred as his companion, of all people The investigation bogs down a little into a series of episodes with the knights and ladies visited by Kay and Mordred, but it s still a good read, particularly for the characters the sarcastic, loyal Kay rarely a character who gets much screen time in Arthurian retellings the bitter, enigmatic Mordred and the whole Orkney clan.

  9. says:

    For the Arthurian fan this is truly a delightful novel Tailored to fit exactly into the interstices of Malory s MORT DE ARTHUR, it combines all the King Arthur characters with a vivid medieval setting and a close adherence to the chivalric ethos A small tour de force that should be much better known.

  10. says:

    I hear Karr paints a heartbreaking picture of Mordred, ergo my love for him means I must read this

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