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The Mists of Avalon (1982)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Series: Avalon, Published Order (1), Avalon, Chronological Order (7)

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When Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) has to sacrifice her virginity during fertility rites, the man who impregnates her is her younger brother Arthur, who she turns against when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.
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    The King Must Die by Mary Renault (krasiviye.slova)
    krasiviye.slova: Similar decline and fall of the matriarchy theme, with different spins.
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    Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (cataylor)
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    Mabinogion Tetralogy by Evangeline Walton (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Very similar subject on mythology, Celts, Druids, and Matriarchy.
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    Confessions of a Pagan Nun: A Novel by Kate Horsley (fyrefly98)
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    The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas (CurrerBell)
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    Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (alchymyst)
  7. 31
    Queen of Camelot by Nancy Mckenzie (lannabrooke13, wordcauldron)
    lannabrooke13: I personally thought Mckenzie's version was much more realistic and engaging!
    wordcauldron: My favorite retelling of Arthurian legend. Period.
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    The Song of Albion Collection: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot by Stephen Lawhead (charlie68)
    charlie68: Also a fun blend of early British myths.
  9. 20
    Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray (legxleg)
    legxleg: I am pairing these two books together because both have a thread of female-centric religion struggling to survive.
  10. 20
    The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley (AniIma)
    AniIma: Fantastic, mythical, Arthurian Legend. Wonderful and skillfull storytelling by the author, Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  11. 21
    Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch (charlie68)
    charlie68: Another fun group of myths.
  12. 10
    Hild by Nicola Griffith (kiwiflowa)
  13. 11
    Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey (ktoonen)
    ktoonen: Similar writing style, with strong feminist themes in epic fantasy.
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    Votan and Other Novels by John James (LamontCranston)
  15. 00
    The White Mare by Jules Watson (al.vick)
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    Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw (MissBrangwen)
  17. 11
    The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw (cataylor)
  18. 00
    The Circle of Ceridwen by Octavia Randolph (al.vick)
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    The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan Le Fay by Alex Epstein (Bitter_Grace)
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    The Black Chalice by Marie Jakober (lquilter)
    lquilter: Like Bradley's Mists of Avalon, Marie Jakober's The Black Chalice has similar patriarchy-superseding-matriarchal-magic themes, but with Germanic mythology. Beautifully written.

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I loved this book a long, long time before I'd ever even heard of the Society for Creative Ananchronism. Still, it was fun to find out there were so many kindred spirits in the world. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
I am having trouble getting through this book... I keep putting it down and moving on to something else. Eventually, I hope to finish it. ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
Great book on the Arthurian legend from the female point of view. Good long read. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
I adore this book, too bad the author was such a nasty woman because I learned so much from all her books. :( ( )
  JessAstley | Jan 21, 2023 |
Of all of the retellings of the tales of King Arthur & the many other characters living in Camelot. this version grips you and without lecturing clears up all the little facts and relationships which have traveled between the many different versions. I finally have read what I believe to be a definitive story leaving all that needs to be answered. ( )
  Huba.Library | Nov 15, 2022 |
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In ''The Mists of Avalon,'' Marion Zimmer Bradley's monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends, the story begins differently, in the slow stages of female desire and of moral, even mythic, choice. Stepping into this world through the Avalon mists, we see the saga from an entirely untraditional perspective: not Arthur's, not Lancelot's, not Merlin's. We see the creation of Camelot from the vantage point of its principal women - Viviane, Gwynyfar, Morgaine and Igraine. This, the untold Arthurian story, is no less tragic, but it has gained a mythic coherence; reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience.

» Add other authors (27 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Zimmer Bradley, Marionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bralds, BraldtCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chattopadhyay, RathinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herranen, PaulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohl, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richardson, NatashaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartorius, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, CoreyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"...Morgan le Fay was not married, but put to school in a nunnery, where she became a great mistress of magic."
— Malory, Morte d'Arthur
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Morgaine speaks...In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen.
a land ruled by priests is a land filled with tyrants on Earth and in Heaven
the faith of Christ is a fitting faith for slaves who think themselves sinners and humble
What of the King Stag, when the young stag is grown?
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The French edition is divided into 2 volumes.
The Brazilian and Spanish editions are divided into 4 volumes.
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