By Poul Anderson
A really good story of intrigue, love, battle, magic, and swashbuckling event set in another universe the place fairies mingle freely with Englishmen and all of Shakespeare's fictional characters are real
Welcome to an alternative civil-war-torn seventeenth-century England—a global the place Hamlet as soon as brooded and Othello jealously raged. right here faeries and sprites gambol in English woods, railroads race around the panorama whereas manned balloons waft above the geographical region, and the main revered historian of all is one William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The 12 months is 1644, and the battle among the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages. whilst Rupert, nephew of King Charles I, is taken captive via Cromwell's troops and imprisoned in a Puritan domestic, he's instantly smitten with the attractive Jennifer Alayne, his captor's niece. Escaping with the aid of his newfound liked and the unswerving trooper Will Fairweather, Rupert leads Jennifer deep into the wooded area, the place the faerie folks who reside there have a vested curiosity within the end result of the good and bloody clash. even though the enthusiasts needs to quickly part—with the prince project a perilous venture for his magical benefactors which could flip the tide of war—Rupert and his woman love might be without end joined through the earrings offered to them by way of King Oberon and Queen Titania. And regardless of the unusual, twisting pathways and turbulent seas they're destined to come across, they're going to constantly manage to locate one another again... so long as their love is still true.
Nominated for the area delusion Award and winner of the Mythopoeic Award, Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest is a enormous achievement—a pleasant alternate-history myth that brings the fictitious worlds of Shakespeare's performs to breathtaking existence with sort, wit, and exceptional mind's eye.
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Com - licensed to McGill University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-09-05 Rape, Revenge, and Verse: Philomela 27 Ovidian Myth and Sexual Deviance perception, the concept of rape is in threat only, rather than actuality, and implied through the use of Philomela, as in The Tragedy of Hoffman, The Spanish Tragedy, and Cymbeline. This offers a possible rationale for any of Marcus’ notions about rape not being voiced. 51–3). Lavinia’s scraping of the names with the staff recalls another violated woman, Io, from the first book of Metamorphoses.
Shakespeare’s Elizabethan Rome of Titus is floundering politically and morally, and the characters are reliant on Rome’s history and literature in order to make sense of their society and how they act within it. They freely invoke narratives, mainly that of Ovid’s Philomela, to explain events and to shape their own reactions. The characters are always conscious of this, aware of the part they are playing, and thereby seem free to elaborate or switch parts at will. A mythic discourse is static; the figures have fixed characteristics that determine their behaviour.
The function of Philomela here is that common poetic one as a muse. 39 S/he is hermaphroditic perhaps because of this fictional appropriation of male discourse. This narrator, Satyra, then tells her own story which follows that of Philomela in her rape by her brother-in-law. 40 Satyra then overtly compares herself to Philomela as the nightingale can still sing and s/he can still write, in the creation of an accusatory narrative of her attack. Thereby Gascoigne presents himself as both silenced, as a result of being censored, and, consequentially, as emasculated, presenting his narrative voice as female.
A Midsummer Tempest (Operation Otherworld, Book 3) by Poul Anderson