I really don't think that *Avalon* represented anything accurately. The
idea behind the novel was to represent an alternative version of the Arthurian
legend, told this time from Morgan's perspective. Nonetheless, the novel did
in fact re-create some rather odd scenarios. The Lancelot-Arthur connection,
often suggested to be homo-erotic, takes on even more serious consequences in
the novel. The rite of the stag which makes Arthur king as well becomes
something altogether more insidious in Avalon. Often Morgan and Arthur are
shown to be enemies rather than lovers, but I thought the book created an
interesting pathway into who and what these characters might have been.
The biggest problem with the question at hand is that not much is known
about Arthur. There are very few references to him historically outside of
the legend. There is a new book out about the Arthurian stuff called: Roman
de Silence. Like Avalon it is from a woman perspective, but in this case it
is more about a knight in Arthur's court who is discguised as a man from birth
so she can receive her inheritance. It is a rather old book but Colleagues
Press of East Lansing Michigan has just put out a new paperback and rather
affordable translation. Another good text would be *The Morte D'Arthur*
These are more or less the texts of the story, but there's always *Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight* etc for more reading.
> > I am anundergraduate student, and
have read The Mists of Avalon many many
> times. It is my all time favorite book, but I wonder as well how accurate
> Zimmer-Bradley's depiction of the time is..can you let me know?
> Jessica Patterson