“Mordred. Morgan’s blood. Anyone can see that with half an eye. He pulls up his horse on the racetrack ahead of the rest and swings neatly down. He smoothed the sweating beast with a whisper, hands the reins to the ready groom, and comes towards me, unhurried but purposeful. He looks pleased with life, but his breathing is steady. You wouldn’t think he had just won a race. A young man under control, with deep reserves of power kept hidden, like a salmon that hangs flickering in the current. An arresting face. Darkly handsome. Morgan might have looked like that if Gorlois had ever sired a son. Black Morgan. Black Mordred. ”
Taliesin’s telling (Morgan le Fay Book Four) - Fay Sampson
There is no such thing as a true tale. Truth has many faces and the truth is like to the old road to Avalon; it depends on your own will, and your own thoughts, whither the road will take you.” Marion Zimmer Bradley
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as King Arthur Julianna Margulies as Morgaine
“ In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen. Now in truth I have come to be wise-woman, and a time may come when these things may need to be known. But in sober truth, I think it is the Christians who will tell the last tale. For ever the world of Fairy drifts further from the world in which the Christ holds sway. I have no quarrel with the Christ, only with his priests, who call the Great Goddess a demon and deny that she ever held power in this world. [….]
And now, when the world has changed, and Arthur-my brother, my lover, king who was and king who shall be-lies dead (the common folk say sleeping) in the Holy Isle of Avalon, the tale should be told as it was before the priests of the White Christ came to cover it all with their saints and legends. […]
This is my truth; I who am Morgaine tell you these things, Morgaine who was in later days called Morgan le Fay.”
[Synopses] In Bradley’s novel the arthurian legend is retold by the lives of women, bringing a new light to the fantastic story of King Arthur. From the perspective of female characters, the book follows the trajectory of Morgaine, a priestess of the Goddess who struggles to save her faith and culture in a country where christianity threatens to destroy the pagan way of life. Besides of Morgaine, the story is also focused on the lives of other arthurian women, such as Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, Igraine (x).
Am I prepared to be ruthless with this girl too? Can I train her, never sparing, or will my love make me less harsh than I must be to train a High Priestess? Can I use her love for me, to bring her to the feet of the Goddess?
“look to the east,” she said, “for always, while the light dies in the west, there is the promise of rebirth from the east.” and they stood, clasped together, as the sun blazed, rising behind the eye of the great stone.
The Goddess is everything in nature. And everything in Nature is sacred. Look. That is her face. Listen. That is her voice. She is in everything that is beautiful–and everything that is harrowing as well.
Arthur : “What are they doing ?” Morgaine : “They’re praying to the Goddess for a good harvest.” Arthur : “The Goddess ? The one Father Cuthbert doesn’t like ?” Morgaine : “And now she’ll look after their seeds, and make them grow … all through spring.” Arthur : “So these people don’t like Jesus Christ ?” Morgaine : “Some of them do. But others still pray to the Goddess.” Arthur : “Can there be a God and a Goddess at the same time ?” Morgaine :”Of course. it’s just like having a father and a mother.“