When ‘The Fox on the Water’ begins, Arthur is away from Britain, fighting in Armorica (roughly equivalent to Brittany, in France). Bedwyr crosses the sea to join him with the Norse-men. Here I found the best evocation of a Viking journey I’d ever read. Sailing on a ‘vast open wilderness of water’ with the Norse Men, in their long-ship, Wave-Hound, Bedwyr is amazed by the ‘red sky, dark waves, sweet wind, cold, far, far, from land. This was a journey to the ends of the earth, would we fall over the edge?’ It really gave me a sense of wonder at the Norse-men/Vikings and their navigational and survival skills. Many adventures follow on from this one, much love and death, but also laughter. Arthur and the Fox both have a strong sense of humour!
I admit to being obsessed with 'The Silurian' series, for me the best ever re-telling of the Arthurian legends, the 'matter of Britain', a true myth. I'm totally addicted to the wild hallucinogenic writing of L.A. Wilson who I would name as Arthur's bard and poet. In all the books there is an intense sense of being alive. The past isn’t ‘another country’, it is now, and I always feel that events are actually happening as I read, taken into Bedwyr’s heart, living his life, moment by moment.
Bedwyr believes that he will live on after Arthur dies but that once his life is over, 'I would be with him forever in Avalon, where we would be lovers, such as we were not in this life, and there, we would not be judged or harmed, but free to love.' Beautiful. ‘The Fox on the Water’ is a message of love without prejudice, universal love, a powerful, passionate book.
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