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Fettiplaces held various positions at court in the 13th, 14th and 15th century. King Arthur's Pendragon, as the name suggests, is based on Mallory's version of Arthurian England, mixing high-medieval setting with magic and Celtic paganism. Each city had its own way of prosecuting what we might think of as “crimes of insult.” In Chiusi, for example, miscreants were fined by the insulting word. Lewis describes the imaginative excitement Cather felt: "from the first moment that she looked down from the windows of the Frontenac on the pointed roofs and Norman outlines of the town of Quebec, Willa Cather was not merely stirred and charmed—she was overwhelmed by the flood of memory, recognition, surmise it called up; by the sense of its extraordinarily French character, isolated and kept intact through hundreds of years, as if by a miracle, on this great un-French continent" (153-54).

Pages: 364

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (October 18, 2007)


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