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by Mike Jordan

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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 2 No. 12  2015 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 2014-15 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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ll right, you know the drill by now.  There will be spoilers in this section, which will wreck your enjoyment of the book if you haven't already read the darned thing.  This will be your last warning...
     The continuation of the meeting with Merlin is pretty much pure PT with the exception of a few minor points.  The deal with the ox cart is actually from one of the original stories in which Lancelot uses a similar conveyance to sneak into the castle of Sir Maliagrance in order to save Guinevere and the ten knights who had been with her when she was taken, including Kay, Agraivaine, Sagramor, and Pelleas.  Another is the old wizard's uncanny ability to see into the future.  One last, which should have been covered already (oops), is the fact that in the Le Morte, Balin and Balan were the ones who were sent by Arthur (already the king) to wrangle King Rience.
     The scene with Gwen and Arthur starts off as purely PT, with the kids looking for Hamo's shop, but once they get to the church yard and the sword pulling commences, it goes pretty much right from the book except for some added dramatization.  And, no, you didn't lose count of the number of times Arthur pulled the blamed thing; the first two times weren't shown in this story.  Also, although Kardens was one of Arthur's knights later on, nothing I found was said about him actually being around at this time period.  The names being tossed around by the baddies are some of the other members of the famous Twelve Kings and will be seen later on in the story.
     The stuff with Valerian is all PT, although the troops that pass by Morgan's castle are bona fide Pict soldiers heading for London.
     The final segment, back with the boys, is also all PT, except for the use of the cart to get under the enemy's radar, the fact that Rience has a castle in Snowdonia, and the presence of his warrior daughter Britomart.  She's kind of a deviation from the rest of the characters in that, she appears not in the really old stories that formed the Arthurian legend, but in the relatively contemporary Faerie Queene by Spencer, where she was indeed the queen of the Amazons and daughter of the old beard collector, Rience.  Although she was also tough as nails, she was not his captain of the guard nor did she wander around with a golden mask hiding her features (and hopefully her sex as well).  We also took some liberties with her personality, so that she didn't come off seeming like just another Morgan Le Fay.  The the way, Radigund had been the former queen of the Amazons before our gal did her in.  Rience also having a castle in Ireland is genuine, him being a king both there and in North Wales.  And, at the end of the story, when the twins go on about the giant Ritho, he is one of the older characters, and didn't make the cut into the Le Morte.  He supposedly had the sword of Hercules, but in the real story he was based in Snowdonia, too.  This obviously wouldn't have worked too well elbow to elbow with Rience's crew, so we put him on an island instead. 
     More will be said about him next issue, you can bank on it.

So, until then,                       
Keep punchin'

Mike Jordan                       
Lisbon, ME.                        


     Another oops from last issue, the castle that I used as reference for Cameliard was some distinctly different angles of Windsor Castle in England, and the Round Table was based on the one kept in Winchester.  If you can read them, some of the names are a tip fo the hat to Monty Python.  The church in London, I actually lost the original reference material I had for it, so I found one that fit the bill, a slightly more modern church in Wallasay, England called St. Nicholas.  The opening scene in Snowdonia is an amalgam of scenery from the north of Wales.  The castle is based on an old Roman fortification that would have existed shortly before this time period which seemed to suit the need so well that I applied it to the soldiers' costumes, mixing it with the Anglo-Celtic design ever present in the story.  Britomart's costume is a very stylized version of this mix.  At the very end, the boat the Companions borrow is a stylized rendition of a Roman trading vessel, again, from shortly before this time frame.  That and all the other boats were pulled from my various research books (did I mention how much I love the Dorling Kindersley-DK- books?) ranging from ships, to Vikings, to medieval life.

To show that not everything goes right the first time, here is an out take for the castle storming scene.  Needless to say, they were just horsing around, and, after a quick trip to the crew cafeteria, were right back on track to get the scene right.