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Chronicles of the Round Table/Ashley, Mike (/Paper/1854879537/S056-C2
Gereint, Sagremor, Tristram, Bedivere, Melleas, Marrok, Kay, Artegall - few names conjure up such images of chivalry, adventure and courtly valour as those of the Knights of the Round Table. But what were King Arthur's knights really like? The superb stories in this collection explore their lives, discover who they were and what drove them on their quests, describe what pain and anguish they fought to conquer. There are many stories specially written for the collection, together with rare classic reprints, a foreword by Vera Chapman, an afterword with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Parke Godwin, and an introduction by Mike Ashley on the history and lore of the distant world of King Arthur and his Round Table. Among the leading writers featured here are: * Seamus Cullen, on how Meraugis triumphed over adversity. * Parke Godwin, who questions whether Sir Modred really was the ultimate villain. * Phyllis Ann Karr, and an amazing, nearly forgotten episode in the life of Sir Gawain. * Darrell Schweitzer and Sir Artegall, one of the few survivors of Camlann. * Brian Stableford, on a "hairy hag" and the mysterious Sir Fergus. * Peter Tremayne, and how Sir Tor became a Knight of the Round Table. Although the Knights here may number less than the 1600 that King Arthur is traditionally said to have asked that the Round Table seat, this collection contains nearly 200,000 words from masters of historical fantasy.