Lady of Avalon Summary
This second novel in Marion Zimmer Bradley's line of precursors to the Arthurian saga of The Mists of Avalon is set in the Romanized Britain of the first until the fifth centuries A.D., ending with the birth of Igraine, mother of Morgaine of the Faeries and of Arthur. Poised at the end of the narrative to become the next High Priestess of Avalon, their older sibling Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, becomes guardian to the infant Morgause, her sister, after the deaths of her own child and her mother, Ana.
Viviane and Merlin, the transformed Taliesin, have as their mission to preserve the Goddess-lore, including keepership of the Holy Grail, on Avalon until the advent of the Sacred King, Arthur, who will, supposedly, route the Saxons and restore the old ways. Throughout these centuries a succession of Arthur's precursors, from Pendragons such as Gawen, Eilan's...
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Marion Zimmer Bradley Biographies (3)
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Popular fantasy writer Marion Zimmer Bradley (born 1930) is considered a pioneer in the field of woman-based science fiction, creating strong, independent female protagonists in her many popular novel...
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At the time of her death in 1999, Marion Zimmer Bradley was among the most popular writers of her generation. Author of one of the best-loved series in science fiction and fantasy, her "Darkover" nove...
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Marion Zimmer Bradley is a prolific writer of science fiction and fantasy. Born in Albany, New York, she attended New York State College for Teachers from 1946 to 1948 and Hardin-Simmons College, wher...