1L The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon.
The passage is an extract from a novel written by MZB in 1983, partly as a reaction to John Boorman’s movie. It is about the Arthurian legend seen from a toppled-down point of view: the story is told from the women’s point of view. Morgaine is trying to tell the truth because she knows the Christians will distort it.
In the incipit, she says that the world has changed, and Arthur is dead. Now, the priests will have all the power. And she hates/loathes them. She does not mind Christ: to her there are already so many gods. One more is no problem. But the Christians reject her Goddess and say she is the Devil. They are intolerant and narrow-minded.
As she speaks, Morgaine is on the barge to Avalon. But the door to that Holy Isle is closed: to go there, you needed to drift in the mists of the Summer Sea and believe that you were going to Avalon. But the priests built churches on Glastonbury, and their bells make people know they are going to Glastonbury.
She hints at a few relations she had with Arthur and his knights: she was very friendly with all of them, and so was Viviane with Arthur. That vision was unbearable to Christians.
At the end of Arthur’s life, she let people believe she was a nun, for fear of being burnt.
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