Idylls of the King (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) 4*

When I read Idylls of the King, I hear homeric bards reciting the lines with pacing that would make you proud to be human.  I picture listeners gathering night after night to hear the Great Stories.  Camelot is “the city built to music, and therefore never built at all, and therefore built for ever.”

It’s a past that never was (and certainly not when Tennyson wrote it), but it’s lovely just the same.  I particularly liked the story of Gareth and Lynette.

Taste it via Gutenberg.  I recommend the Gareth/Lynette and Merlin/Vivien chapters, since the Arthur chapters can actually be a bit confusing for new readers.

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