By Diana L. Paxson
Marion Zimmer Bradley's loved Avalon saga keeps with the dramatic tale of the ancestors of Avalon, from their lifestyles at the doomed island of Atlantis to their get away to the mist-shrouded isle of england.
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Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon---the Silver undergo and the pink Dragon---are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the group from for you to come the fabled Camulod.
But quickly their tranquillity is in ruins, Uther lies lifeless from treachery, and all that's left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur. inheritor to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman history in addition to the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the residing incarnation of the sacred dream of his ancestors: self sufficient survival in Britain amidst the ruins of the Roman Empire.
When Arthur is followed by way of Merlyn Britannicus, a major accountability is put on Merlyn's shoulders. Now he needs to arrange younger Arthur to unify the clans of england and safeguard the strong sword Excalibur.
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Jane Austen turns sleuth during this pleasant homicide secret set over the twelve days of a Regency-Era Christmas party.
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This included fair and honorable behavior in battle, as well as generous treatment of people off the battlefield, especially women. Learning to be a knight involved formal training. Usually a son was sent to the household of another lord where he would serve first as a page, then as a squire. He would receive training in the fighting skills necessary for a knight. But he would also learn the manners and accomplishments that were required of a gentleman. Part of the education of a page or squire was to wait at his master's table, learning how to carve meat and select wine.
Of mail and an aketon, a knight was fairly well protected from sword cuts, arrows, and lance thrusts. We know from eyewitness accounts that knights fighting in the Cru- Wearing a full suit Arrows Snared in Mail Armor 24 THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMOR many arrows caught hedgehogs. And yet they were not sades sometimes had so in their mail they looked like injured. However, mail could not give adequate protection against crushing and bruising blows, and the heavily padded garment worn underneath to prevent breaking bones became unbearably hot.
Straps and buckles were often used, or a raised stud on one plate was fitted into a hole on the other plate. The springiness of the metal was enough to keep them tightly shut. When Breastplate A FULL SUIT OF PLATE ARMOR 50 stud-and-hole fastenings were used for the cuirass, they sometimes had several holes for adjustments. This allowed for gar- ments of different thicknesses to be worn underneath the armor, as well as for weight gain by the knight. In early harnesses, the breast- and backplates were each made of a single plate.