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January 30, 2013
Truth and Legends
Reading a new book by a favorite author is like settling into a comfortable, old, overstuffed chair.
I just started the fourth book in a series of six about King Arthur written by Jack Whyte. I love historical fiction and love this author. His style of writing is very easy to read and he makes the story interesting.
It makes me think about events from history. Especially before good records were kept of events in people's lives. How is it that only a few things were remembered? And how was it that some stories became thought of as only legends?
Of course the histories of kings and royal families were kept and preserved... but still things have changed or been omitted whenever old records were discovered or translated. I have read about people doing a lot of research to see who King Arthur really was. One guy says that he has proved who it is; all his research says he was a Scottish King not Cornish or Welsh, so the 'so-called experts' dispute his theory.
Sometime it seems like history is a big puzzle with us trying to fit all the pieces together. That's why I like historical fiction. It seems to fit more of the pieces together. Kind of what Homer does.
What will someone, someday, centuries from now say about Jim? The man, the myth & the legend....