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King Arthur's Children

A Study in Fiction and Tradition

By Tyler R. Tichelaar

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 2011
Did you know King Arthur had many other children besides Mordred? Depending on which version of the legend you read, he had both sons and daughters, some of whom even survived him. From the ancient tale of Gwydre, the son who was gored to death by a boar, to Scottish traditions of Mordred as a beloved king, Tyler R. Tichelaar has studied all the references to King Arthur's children to show how they shed light upon a legend that has intrigued us for fifteen centuries. King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition is the first full-length analysis of every known treatment of King Arthur's children, from Welsh legends and French romances, to Scottish genealogies and modern novels by such authors as Parke Godwin, Stephen Lawhead, Debra Kemp, and Elizabeth Wein. King Arthur's Children explores an often overlooked theme in Arthurian literature and reveals King Arthur's bloodline may still exist today. Arthurian Authors Praise "King Arthur's Children" "Author Tyler R. Tichelaar has performed impeccable research into the Arthurian legend, fi nding neglected details in early sources and reigniting their significance. Great brainstorming fun! I am proud to add this to my personal collection of Arthurian non-fiction." --Debra Kemp, author of The House of Pendragon series "Tyler R. Tichelaar's in-depth analysis of the plausibility of King Arthur's children reaffirms the importance the King Arthur legacy continues to have for society and the need of people all over the world to be able to connect to and believe in King Arthur and Camelot." --Cheryl Carpinello, author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend About the Author Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., is the author of several historical novels, most notably The Marquette Trilogy and the award-winning Narrow Lives. King Arthur's Children reveals his findings into the Arthurian legend as a precursor to his upcoming novel King Arthur's Legacy. Learn more at www.ChildrenOfArthur.com from the Reflections of Camelot Series at Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com

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There are probably very few of us who have not read at least some of the stories and legends featuring King Arthur, and marveled about the ideals of Camelot, which could easily be described as an utopian sort of early democracy. The round table, around which the knights could be seated in such a way that they were all equal, the romanticism, the idealism and magic of the Arthurian legends are rather timeless and very familiar to us. But just like with any other story about somebody who lived so long ago, the details and the truth are rather elusive. Like so many others I've only ever heard of Mordred, Arthur's son, who tended to be portrayed as villain. Tyler R. Tichelaar changed my perception about that and added several interesting directions to explore. And this was just the beginning of the fascinating tale spun by Tyler R. Tichelaar. The book is divided into four parts. Part I talks about Arthur's most plausible other children, the three sons mentioned in the Welsh sources - Gwydre, Amr and Llacheu. Part II is devoted to the mystery of Mordred. Was Mordred Arthur's son or nephew? Was he a villain or a great king whose crown Arthur tried to usurp? Part III delves into Arthur's descendants, including the possible link between Arthur and the English royal family and Arthur and the famous clan Campbell. As the author mentioned already in the Introduction, if Arthur indeed had children, and more importantly, if Arthur ever really existed - and who could say that he did not? - quite a few of us could be his descendants. Part IV was, in some ways, the most fascinating to me, talking about possible other children, mentioned in different works during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as the modern fiction featuring Arthur and his children. It was this last part that truly made me realize how very present the Arthurian legends still are, and how relevant they are even in the 21st century. While this is certainly a scholarly study, the author's writing style remains accessible to any reader who is curious about the subject of Arthur's potential children. Even a brief glance at the bibliography at the end of the book tells one about the depth and scope of the research Tyler R. Tichelaar had to perform to write this fresh, fascinating and exciting study. Eight pages of sources should provide even the most curious of readers with lots of additional reading, and the Index decidedly made looking for content of interest much easier when I decided to go back and re-read certain sections. I have thoroughly enjoyed "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition," and I recommend it highly to any lover of Arthuriana. -- Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views

EAN: 9781615990665
ISBN: 1615990666
Publisher: Modern History Press
Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.12 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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