1ES3 The Mists of Avalon
The Mists of Avalon
The text is an extract from TMOA, written by MZB and published in 1983. She wrote it in reaction to the movie Excalibur. The novel tells the story from the point of view of women.
In the passage, Morgaine is speaking. It is the incipit of the novel. She is on the barge, drifting away to Avalon just after Arthur died.
She tells that story because Christianity has prevailed and she knows that the Christians will tell the tale. She wants her truth to be known before she disappears forever.
She says (that) she does not mind Christ, but she has a problem with the priests: they are intolerant and reject her Goddess. They burn and persecute Pagans.
She explains how one can go to Avalon: you drift into the mists of the Summer Sea and believe you are going to Avalon. Otherwise/Or else, you arrive in Glastonbury, the isle of the monks.
However, it is no longer possible to get to Avalon: the Christians built a church in Glastonbury. When you hear the bells, you know you are in Glastonbury, not Avalon. It is another way to exterminate Pagans.
At the end of Arthur’s reign, Viviane left with Merlin in his tower of air and Morgaine became the new Lady of the Lake, but she hid because she was scared. Now, she is taking Arthur’s body with her, so he will not be buried in Christian land.