The Shogun's Daughter
Robert Ames Bennet
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Amazing description of Japan around the time of Commodore Perry's arrival. Amazing story. Great action and description of Japanese customs and culture.
An excellent and readable introduction to Arthurian legends!
Who hasn't heard of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? In this book you meet them all.
The medieval setting is painted in a rather idealized fashion, limited nobility and figures of the court, who embrace all this is beautiful, brave and noble.
How much truth there is behind the Arthurian tales will always be the subject of debate. Arthur's world is in many aspects a real medieval world, beliefs in paganism and Christianity are evident throughout. Witchcraft and enchantment is presented as alive and deadly, and conversely the true religion - in this the beliefs of the medieval Catholic church - is evident throughout as knights commend themselves to God in prayer, thank him for His help, and even repent from their sins.
There is no end to the accomplishments of sword and sorcery, adventures and quests. This is stuff of legend, and it's worth the price to have and own.
To our sorrow, Arthur's kingdom ends in darkness and disgrace, not before it has shone with a wonderful and memorable light.