Excuse the title.
I like the Camelot myths. I’ve never read the original Malory though, and wasn’t quite so interested in it when I was a child. The whole knight in shining armor thing never quite caught my fancy.
However, I was lucky enough, years later, to run into The Sword in the Stone, T.H. White’s wonderful take on the Arthurian myths, in the first volume, we see a young Arthur, slowly becoming aware of what Merlin’s oblique lessons were forcing him to understand. It is a key moment, and here it is, brutally shortened, for your benefit. It’s still a bit long for an excerpt, but it’s important, and if you give me your attention for a few minutes, you’ll see why it’s so important that you get a feel for how it unfolds… (more…)