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King Arthur's Children: A Study In Fiction And Tradition (Reflections of Camelot Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tyler R. Tichelaar
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Did you know King Arthur had many other children besides Mordred? Depending on which version of the legend you read, he had both sons and daughters, some of whom even survived him. From the ancient tale of Gwydre, the son who was gored to death by a boar, to Scottish traditions of Mordred as a beloved king, Tyler R. Tichelaar has studied all the references to King Arthur’s children to show how they shed light upon a legend
that has intrigued us for fifteen centuries.

King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition is the first full length analysis of every known treatment of King Arthur’s children, from Welsh legends and French romances, to Scottish genealogies and modern novels by such authors as Parke Godwin, Stephen Lawhead, Debra Kemp, and Elizabeth Wein. King Arthur’s Children explores an often overlooked theme in Arthurian literature and reveals King Arthur’s bloodline may still
exist today.

Arthurian Authors Praise "King Arthur's Children"
“Author Tyler R. Tichelaar has performed impeccable research into the Arthurian legend, finding neglected details in early sources and reigniting their significance. Great brainstorming fun! I am proud to add this to my personal collection of Arthurian non-fiction.” — Debra Kemp, author of The House of Pendragon series

“Tyler R. Tichelaar’s in-depth analysis of the plausibility of King Arthur’s children reaffirms the importance the King Arthur legacy continues to have for society and the need of people all over the world to be able to connect to and believe in King Arthur and Camelot.” — Cheryl Carpinello, author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

About the Author
Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., is the author of several historical novels, most notably The Marquette Trilogy and the award-winning Narrow Lives. King Arthur’s Children reveals his findings into the Arthurian legend as a precursor to his upcoming novel King Arthur’s Legacy.

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  • Publisher: Modern History Press; 1st edition (December 29, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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"King Arthur's Children" is a long overdue addition to Arthurian studies. Most people are familiar with Arthur's son Mordred, and he is extensively reviewed in this book. But such characters as Amr and Llacheu are also covered, along with lesser known examples of Arthur's children. Besides looking at the traditional tales, "King Arthur's Children" highlights modern fiction which has made use of invented children of Arthur. A lot of this material was new to me and inspired me to explore some of these later books. The author is writing a novel about Arthur's legacy. I look foward to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur's Children - Great Read March 5, 2011
Tyler R. Tichelaar, who has a Ph.D. in literature, has been fascinated with King Arthur since a child. I understand that, as in 6th grade my class read a King Arthur story and then wrote a play about him that we later performed. I have great memories of all that went into the writing, the sets, the learning of lines and then performing the play not just two times for the elementary school but later at night presenting it to our parents and other people from the community. That started my own fascination with Arthurian legend. Did he really exist or on the other hand, is he just a legend? As an adult, I continued to read about Arthur in Stephen Lawhead's five book series The Pendragon and then Avalon: The Return of King Arthur. Therefore, I was excited to read Tichelaar's King Arthur's Children and I was not disappointed.

King Arthur's Children looks at the literature since the fifth century tracing every mention of the children of Arthur starting with the Welsh legends. Tichelaar also looks at the French romances and other references to the children during the Middle Ages. He then brings it up to modern times where authors continue to write about the king and his children, often making up new children. Lawhead's series is just one of many modern novels he discusses.

This though is not a dry historical account but Tichelaar is a storyteller and in the midst of all the details of the children, storylines are shared that made me want to read more about Arthur. Why is it that even in the 21st century we are still interested in King Arthur, his adventures and his family?
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4.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur's Children April 12, 2013
I just finished reading King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition It is a scholarly analysis of every known treatment of King Arthur's children, from Welsh legends and French romances, to Scottish genealogies and modern novels. King Arthur's Children explores an often overlooked theme in Arthurian literature and reveals King Arthur's bloodline may still exist today.

Now for my personal opinion . . . I know nothing about King Arthur except for what I've seen in a couple of forgettable movies. He pulled a sword out of a stone. He was married to Guinevere. He was helped by Merlin the wizard. With this lack of knowledge you would think this is a very strange book for me to read and review. But in my world I don't want to read books about things I already know. I want to learn something new.

Thank goodness Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. has a fabulous writing style which makes so much new-to-me information fairly easy to read and understand. I think my biggest problem was reading and remembering all the "weird" names of the different characters. If they'd all been Johns and Marys it would have been much simpler . . . LOL.

So if you are a fan of King Arthur than this is definitely the book to read. Well thought out, well written and allowing room for question and debate.

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Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: "Iron Pioneers," "The Queen City," and "Superior Heritage." He followed that popular series with three more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives" (winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for best Historical Fiction), "The Only Thing That Lasts," and "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book" about how he did his research and compiled "My Marquette."

Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."

Tyler is currently working on a series of historical fantasy novels, the Children of Arthur series, which combines his research on the Arthurian legend, Gothic elements, and many other popular legends into a family saga that extends over fifteen centuries. The first volume of the series, "King Arthur's Legacy," is expected to be published in late 2013.

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.


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