Phyllis Ann Karr
Birth date: July 25, 1944
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quite good selection of stories with the Homily from Marion Zimmer Bradley's funeral at the end.
Arthurian murder mystery, narrated by Sir Kay, who is in love with Guenevere; nicely done unreliable narrator (within strict and easily parseable limits), decent Mordred.
I know I've come across short stories by Phyllis Ann Karr before, but this was the first novel I'd read by her. An early entry into the sword-and-sorceresss genre, it's a tale about two very different women: Thorn, a foul-mouthed, sex-loving, polytheistic warrior - and Frostflower, a virginal, veget...
The Idylls of the Queen is one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, Arthurian novel. Undoubtably this is due to the fact that it is told from the point of view of Sir Kay, whom I always felt sorry for (it's a elder sibling thing). Karr, however, does know the medieval tradition upon which ...
I found this as a middle school student at a library and was immediately enamored of the lists: people, places, obscure details... and the fantasy art-style illustrations. I've no idea how academic this tome was but it was a fantastic reference while I was working through a few Arthurian books.