For today’s post, I would like to do a book review on The Faery Gates of Avalon by Gareth Knight. This book is an analysis of the Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes through the lens of faery magic! Knight is a great scholar of the Arthuriad, and has worked with Arthurian magick for many years!
This book breaks down the stories of Erec and Enide, Lancelot and Guinevere, Yvain, Perceval, and Gawain. He breaks each tale into several sections, explaining the connections between the words written by Chretien de Troyes and the original Welsh faery lore! It is an in-depth analysis of the thinly veiled nature of magical figures in medieval French romances. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medieval literature, magick, faery lore, and/or the Arthuriad!
I will not give too much information, so as not to spoil the enjoyment of this book. However, I will say that it is incredibly interesting, and intelligently written. Essentially, every female figure within the Arthurian Legends is shown to have potentially faery origins. Anyone who has read my blog for a while will be unsurprised that I would love this type of work! I often write about the faery origins of the Arthurian Legends, and this book is a great resource for deep research into this topic.
I hope you have enjoyed my brief book review, and that you will give this title a read if you are interested in furthering your understanding of the Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Notes on Image: The image at the top of the post is the book cover. I found the image on https://www.amazon.com/Faery-Gates-Avalon-Gareth-Knight/dp/1908011408.
- The Faery Gates of Avalon by Gareth Knight
- Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes