posted by [identity profile] lauzeta.livejournal.com at 10:51pm on 10/08/2011
I don't think it was a very impressive comment at all! Although I appreciate the compliment.

I think some of Renault's theories about Archaic Greece have been discredited, although I'd have to do more research to be sure. The thing to remember about Greek myth - well, one of the things - is that they do frequently attribute one human and one divine father to the same person. Theseus' dual parentage is actually accurate to the myth.

I don't know if I really understand your question. I think the style in both books is probably similar because of when they were written, yes - just coming out of the early 20th century and waking to a broader and more difficult world after WWII, maybe has something to do with it? Plus they're so dense and beautiful in their language and research in a way I really don't see often anymore in historical fiction. I suppose I could be reading the wrong things though.

I'm also not saying that none of these books point out the moral grey areas of their protagonists. It's more that - well, I've never seen a King Arthur retelling that gave the story from the other side, you know?

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