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Book Title: The King's Damosel|
The author of the book: Vera Chapman
ISBN 13: 9780380019168
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 716 KB
Date of issue: April 1st 1978
Read full description of the books The King's Damosel:I'm a fan of Quest for Camelot (good Lord, why, you ask, and yes. I know it's kind of ridiculous. But still!!) so of course I had to read the original source material. I was about 40 pages from the end over a year ago and abruptly stopped--I also had the vague impression it was boring. But I decided I really should finish what I started, and read it very quickly--not sure why I thought it was boring. The movie and book are extremely different, and a shame Executive Meddling forced the movie to turn out the way it did. I hope one day someone might try to adapt it again but make it more faithful--though you couldn't market it to kids. What you get here is not a search for Excalibur, but a solid, engaging Arthurian feminist fantasy. And I must admit, I teared up a bit on the bus while reading! I recommend.
Now, copies of this book are very difficult to find. I believe the only edition you'd find the easiest is the large print one, but taking a look at thebookdepository I find that the price has jumped to the roughly $11 I bought it for a year ago to $20! It's up to you whether you think it's worth it. I don't realllly think it is, since it's so short, but it's a good story so you can make up your own mind.
edit: I do feel I need to add a warning that this book deals with rape, so if that is a trigger for you then you might want to avoid this one.
Read information about the authorVera Chapman, also known as Vera Ivy May Fogerty or, in The Tolkien Society, as Belladonna Took. She founded The Tolkien Society, and also wrote a number of psudeo-historical and Arthurian books.
She was born in Bournemouth, England on the 8 May 1898 and lived in South Africa until she went to Oxford where she was one of the first woman to matriculate as a full member of Oxford University. She founded the first Tolkien Society of which she was secretary. She persuaded J R R Tolkien to become the society's honorary president. She wrote her first novel in 1975 and continued writing until her death in 1996.
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