Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Relief of Camelot

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Returned from his banishment, King Arthur's half-brother Mordred has raised an army and laid siege to Camelot. A curious band of allies led by Rory Mor, High King of Hibernia, and including the corsair Salam Fulda and Prince Valiant's young son Galan and father Aguar of Thule, land in Britain to lift the siege (above).

Aided by Prince Valiant and the knights of the Round Table (below), who for the past three months have been holed up in Arthur's citadel, Rory Mor and his allies rout Mordred's army and bring relief to the besieged Camelot.

And Mordred? He eludes capture and attempts to flee Britain by boat. Learning of his escape plan, Prince Valiant's eldest son Arn does what he can to bring Mordred to justice. Both men, however, end up adrift at sea. While Mordred is seemingly lost to the waves, Arn is washed up on the shores of an "isle beyond the north wind." Here he meets the woman who will forever change his life.

Art: John Cullen Murphy (1981).
Text: Cullen Murphy.
Source: The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia); from the collection of Michael J. Bayly (1983).

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