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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis continues, as a single line of Malory is retconned into a brilliant and evocative Arthurian episode.

Chapter 5.

13:45.

This chapter is fresh out of the oven.

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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis continues, as he reaches a crisis point.

Chapter 4.

47:35.

If you’ve been visiting the archive.org page for this book, this chapter has been up since the beginning of February. If not, this is new.

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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis continues, with a chapter full of secrets and intrigue, love and hate, and all the Arthurian mood you could ask for.

One thing I like very much about this chapter is that, though the author clearly is interested in the psychological ideas of her day, she doesn’t beat you over the head with this. Rather, she finds reasonable ways to express her ideas in the language (and cast of mind) of a courtly tale of knights and ladies, and hermits and bandits. A lot of historical and fantasy writers could learn from her.

Chapter 3.

29:45.

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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis continues, as we learn more about the events which brought glory and shame upon Sir Aglovale’s name.

Chapter 2. Includes Notes at end.

34:41.

Sorry that posting has been so spotty. I’ve been sick a lot lately.

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You don’t have to be a Malory geek to enjoy The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis.

But it helps. So at the back of the book, Housman provided quotes from Malory, so that people could reassure themselves that it all was really in there. I’m providing them, too. Ignore them or listen to them, whatever you prefer.

Chapter 1 Malory reference notes.

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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis is a little-known Arthurian fantasy novel from 1905, by Clemence Housman. (You may remember my reading of her Norse fantasy, “The Were-Wolf”, from last year.)

The idea of this book is that a disciple of Sir Thomas Malory is continuing the work of his “dear master” by writing a book about the life of one of his minor characters, the black sheep of King Pellinore’s sons. But unlike its later imitators, this book neither rewrites Sir Aglovale’s sins nor revels in his failings. Like so much of Morte d’Arthur, it’s a book about family, individual potential for good and evil, and repentance — as well as battles and feuds and intrigue. It does an interesting job of splitting the difference between medieval romance and modern novel. I like it, and I hope you will, too.

Chapter 1

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The Brand of Silence ends at last, as the mystery is finally exposed.

Chapter 26: The Truth Comes Out.

12:01.

Sorry it took me most of a year to get through this thing.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as we find out what happened to the detective, Jim Farland.

Chapter 25: An Accusation.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as Sidney Prale takes matters into his own hands.

Chapter 24: High-Handed Methods.

13:06.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as Much is Revealed.

Chapter 23: A Startling Story.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as Sidney Prale receives a caller.

Chapter 22: An Unexpected Visitor.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as the private eye faces captivity.

Chapter 21: Recognition.

17:40.

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The Brand of Silence continues, as Jim Farland pokes his nose into the wrong dark corner.

Chapter 20
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16:26.

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The Brand of Silence continues (finally), as Murk gets back to the hotel from durance vile, and morning brings a lawyer to call.

Chapter 19: Coadley Quits.

9:49.

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The Brand of Silence continues. As Murk languishes in durance vile, someone decides to change the game.

Chapter 18: A Woman’s Way.

20:04.

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