Here Lies Arthur Topics for Discussion

Philip Reeve
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After reading the various accounts of Arthur's raids and behavior, do you conclude that Arthur was a heroic king? How does the fictional portrayal of Arthur vary from most legends that present Arthur as a wise, nearly deific, king of Britain?

In most modern Arthurian mythology, Sir Percival—presented in the novel as Peredur—is a heroic knight who quests after the Christian Holy Grail. In the novel, Peredur is a barely-capable young man who believes he finds a sacred cup belonging to the pagan Lady of the Lake. Which version of the character—Peredur or Sir Percival—do you prefer? Why?

In most modern Arthurian mythology, Sir Kay—presented in the novel as Cei—is presented as a fierce warrior but a social lout; usually he is not a blood-relative of Arthur but acts as his Seneschal...

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