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by Mike Jordan

Part Two

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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 10  2006-7 is published by BIG RED A PRESS, 18 Arnold Dr. Lisbon , Me. 04250 of which, Mike Jordan is the sole owner and operator.  The main contents of this book are 2005 by Michael Jordan.  "The Pentecost King" is 1998 by Michael Jordan.    Any similarities between any of the characters in this publication and any person, living of dead, is purely coincidental-except for practically every other character in this story, depending on how much of the old legends you choose to believe.

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    "FTER VESPERS" covers a lot of ground, right and wrong, concerning the Arthurian Legend, so I'm going to have to be a teensy bit brief to make sure everything gets in.  Also, as much as I hate to beat a dead horse, keep in mind that events from the entire issue will be discussed here, and if you haven't read #10 yet....well, you get the picture.
    For those people that are looking for pure legend according to Malory, disregard the first nine pages; they're almost 100% dyed in the wool PARVERIAN TALES, other than Morgan's character.
    Page 10 shows us St. Paul's  Cathedral.  The structure with that name presently in London was built much later that the current timeline.  There was another church on its site, so I used the most recognized name.  It was also not named as the church where the sword was standing.
    The main scene on page 11 is pretty accurate.  That is Uriens and Lot in the front of the audience, although it was never specified who attended the first drawing.  Dubricius is a real Archbishop and actually the man who eventually crowns Arthur; I amalgamated him with the clergy that was present at the incident.  The rest of the scene after Arthur replaces the blade was more extrapolation.
    In sixth century London, there was a Cripplegate Fort.  I placed it as Leodegrance's base of operations while in the city by pure logic.  It made sense to me that the man left in charge of Uther's Table and its Knights would be presiding over such a major event and that he'd be holed up in the most defensible building.  In his speech to Guinevere (back in Cameliard) he mentions Lancelot and the Table of the Wandering Companions.  The Table's real and served as a step for those waiting for a seat on the Round TableLancelot even being in Cameliard was another logical deduction which I'll flesh out a little more later.  All the stuff about Rience is real.  He was one of Arthur's earliest adventures.
    The whole meeting with Leodegrance is stuff from my own furtive mind except for the bits of him complaining about what's going on in England (including the blackguard blocking the forest path and stealing knights' horses-you'll meet him later).  In fact, most of the rest of the issue, including the really authentic name of the inn, is mine, with the exception of the following.
    Balan and Balin were real characters (Balin is actually the most well known, eventually starting the Round Table's most famous quest) and were really brothers, but they didn't come into the stories until well after Arthur was made king.  They also weren't twins.
    Arthur did have a dog named Cabal (no kidding!) but it was much later in life and not a gift from a paramour.  His being approached by a woman when he was just starting out is in the book.  What he does with her and the consequences, I touch on briefly later, but the realization of what he'd done does cause him to run off into the wild.  Believe it or not, this is when the Questing Beast is created.
    The whole rest of it, the mission to nab Rience, the multiple kidnappings, the long, humid night with Fernando, don't buy a word of it-even for a wooden nickel.

So until next time,               

Mike Jordan                       
Lisbon, ME.                        

            For those really, die-hard FTWWTK fans, the design of the clothes and the sets for "The Pentecost King" has been a particular challenge in as much as it's quite different from those in "The Culmination".  They are from the same general time period, but from a completely different area.  To underline this fact, I took the distinct western Celtic overtones which I used in the last story line and added a liberal amount of left over fifth century Roman influence.  You see, the Romans had been running things in Britain for quite some time (I think it was Claudius that finally conquered the Brits), I mean complete occupation to the point that the locals were nearly reduced to sheep.  Then, when things got rocky in Rome in the fifth century, whammo, the Romans pulled out with their army and all the conscripts, leaving the remaining farmers, with no military background, almost defenseless.  I won't bore you with all the raids from the Jutes and the Saxons and anyone who could pick up a club and cross the Channel before they finally got their act back together.  Suffice it to say, that by the very early sixth century, much of the armament and style of clothing and the existing architecture would still have a very strong Roman influence.  Case in point, Ector has a western chain mail and distinctly British cavalry garments but is wearing a Roman cloak with leather shoulder pads.  This also means that the buildings have more stone and slate than exposed beam and thatch.   Okay, if you didn't really need to know that, why are you reading this section?