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Book Title: Firelord|
The author of the book: Parke Godwin
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Date of issue: April 1st 1985
ISBN 13: 9780553252699
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Firelord is a historical fantasy novel by Parke Godwin, published in 1980. It is a retelling of the King Arthur legend.
Godwin tells the story of King Arthur from a historically accurate perspective, based on research & his own archeological trips to various parts of England.
The novel begins with Arthur dictating his memoir to a friar at a monastery. In flashback we are led thru the formative years of young Arthur & his 1st meeting with Merlin. Godwin takes the traditional story & makes it his own, from more historically accurate regional names for the main characters such as Artos for Arthur & Ancellius for Lancelot, to changing key relationships.
Lancelot is no longer the best friend, Bedivere Ap Griffin is. Gweniver is also updated & modernized, possibly patterned after Queen Elizabeth I of England, as Godwin borrows from one of Queen Elizabeth's most famous speeches for a passage in which Arthur forsakes Morgana, his lover, & accepts the responsibilities of Kingship at the cost of personal happiness, just as Elizabeth so famously did during her reign.
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Read information about the authorParke Godwin was an American writer known for his lyrical yet precise prose style and sardonic humor. He was also known for his novels of legendary figures placed in realistic historical settings; his retelling of the Arthur legend (Firelord in 1980, Beloved Exile in 1984, and The Last Rainbow in 1985) is set in the 5th century during the collapse of the Roman empire, and his reinterpretation of Robin Hood (Sherwood, 1991, and Robin and the King, 1993) takes place during the Norman conquest and features kings William the Conqueror and William Rufus as major characters. His other well-known works include Waiting For The Galactic Bus (1988) and its sequel The Snake Oil Wars (1989), humorous critiques of American pop culture and religion.
Parke Godwin also worked as a radio operator, a research technician, a professional actor, an advertising man, a dishwasher and a maitre d' hotel.
Godwin's short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. His short story "Influencing the Hell out of Time and Teresa Golowitz," was the basis of an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone.
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