The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis Epub µ Life of Sir


  • Hardcover
  • 356 pages
  • The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis (Classic Reprint)
  • Clemence Housman
  • 04 February 2019
  • 0265581443

10 thoughts on “The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis (Classic Reprint)

  1. Terry Terry says:

    An incredibly moving story that takes place in the Arthurian mythos and centres around the life of a minor character from Malory, for my money this may be the best novelistic interpretation of the Matter of Britain of the 20th century The prose is somewhat archaic Housman follows Malory s style , but for me that was a plus, not a minus The author gives us an unflinching look into the glory and the squalor of the Arthurian court and doesn t pull any punches Aglovale is the son of King Pellino An incredibly moving story that takes place in the Arthurian mythos and centres around the life of a minor character from Malory, for my money this may be the best novelistic interpretation of the Matter of Britain of the 20th century The prose is somewhat archaic Housman follows Malory s style , but for me that was a plus, not a minus The author gives us an unflinching look into the glory and the squalor of the Arthurian court and doesn t pull any punches Aglovale is the son of King Pellinore a man known in his day for being one of the peerless knights of his generation , and the elder brother of both Lamorak the future lover of Queen Morgause and one of the knights who will be listed along with Lancelot and Tristan as one of the three greatest of Arthur s court and Percivale one of the few who will gain preeminence in the Grail Quest From the beginning we see that poor Aglovale is doomed from the start and is not likely to live up to this pedigree As littlethan a lad he is unhorsed by his peerless younger brother in front of not only his parents, but also King Arthur himself From there things go from bad to worse Aglovale is never able to regain his confidence and, despite some early success in Arthur s wars of succession which gain him a seat at the Round Table, he is never able to overcome his own perceived failures and lack of merit Thus he moves from Knight of Camelot to mercenary bandit to penitant overburdended by his own guilt and sense of worthlessness.He is a real tragic anti hero and it is ironically not necessarily because of his quesitonable deeds, but because of his unbending devotion to truth and his inability to lie in the face of shame Unlike some knights such as Gawain, Kay and Agravainenot to mention Mordred Aglovale never denies his wrong doing and never seeks the easy way out of explanation and excuse He calls a spade and spade and as a result ends up being showered with abuse and ignominy while other Knights of his acquantaince do deeds as bad as his own or worse and remain high in Arthur s favour Indeed, Arthur is far from fully sympathetic in this tale for he seems to see in Aglovale a tacit criticism of his peerless court and is willing to let this single man bear the weight of the crimes that he refuses to deny Still, he struggles on and manages to remain true to his own ideals even in the face of the derision and failure he meets at every turn The flip side of this is that Aglovale is a hard man He spares no excuses for himself and thus does not flinch at applying the same rigorous standards to others This of course does not win him any friends Only his brothers and, ironically enough, Lancelot bear any admiration for Aglovale Of his brothers only Percivale can perceive the good man his older brother is trying to be the others view him with a sort of shamefaced admiration which vacilates between embarrassment and sympathy For his part Lancelot sees a man able to live a life his own sense of honour could only dream ofhe has too much to lose should he publicly admit to the acts he has done in private, and he honours the man he cannot afford to be.It sounds a dreary tale, and there are definitely moments of drudgery in Aglovale s life, in fact many dark nights of the soul he must endure, yet despite all that a character who is not always lovable is made sympathetic and I always find myself rooting for this underdog in the shining court In the end Aglovale s tale becomes not only a story of a fallen man struggling for redemption, but a critique of the inadequacies of Camelot and a warning of the dangers in the acceptance of any ideal that will allow falsehood to endure for the sake of public image.Also posted at Shelf Inflicted


  2. Terence Terence says:

    I was sitting on the fence about whether or not to give this book three or four stars It s not an unalloyed 4 but neither is it a mere 3 In the end, evidently, I went with four stars It s one of the better Arthurian themed books I ve read and there are some scenes in it that will stick with me for a whileabout that in the spoiler laden thoughts below.I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Matter of Britain, who wants to read about a fully developed character torn I was sitting on the fence about whether or not to give this book three or four stars It s not an unalloyed 4 but neither is it a mere 3 In the end, evidently, I went with four stars It s one of the better Arthurian themed books I ve read and there are some scenes in it that will stick with me for a whileabout that in the spoiler laden thoughts below.I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Matter of Britain, who wants to read about a fully developed character torn between the basest and highest impulses of human nature, and who also wants to do it while reveling in the archaic style of Malory or de Troyes The writing style imitates that of Malory s Le Morte d Arthur as it is ostensibly written by a friend or follower of his, and it leaves no prisoners There are passages from the book where I m still not quite sure what happened though later context usually makes things evident 1 It can be off putting, and was for the first few chapters but as with my experiences reading Marlon James and Sandra Newman, persistence pays off and you ll be well rewarded The following thoughts contain significant spoilage view spoiler The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis recounts the exploits of one of Arthur sobscure knights, the oldest legitimate son of King Pellinore He is burdened with the same base passions his father had in his youth, and always comes second best behind his brothers Tor, Lamorak and Percivale of Grail fame Yet he is also capable of great good, as was Pellinore, and is burdened with a conscience that tortures him Aglovale is also incapable of compassion, which leads him to commit the cruelest murders and rapes when he indulges his passions Yet, it serves him ill too when he acts responsibly, as people find his judgment overly harsh and uncompromising He reminds me of Angelo from Shakespeare s Measure for Measure Both men are accounted just and honest excessively so but neither understands that those traits must be balanced with mercy And both are sorely tempted and fall Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary,And pitch our evils there O, fie, fie, fie What dost thou, or what art thou, Angelo Dost thou desire her foully for those thingsThat make her good O, let her brother live Thieves for their robbery have authorityWhen judges steal themselves What, do I love her,That I desire her to speak again,And feast upon her eyes What is t I dream on O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint,With saints dost bait thy hook Most dangerousIs that temptation that doth goad us onTo sin in loving virtue Never could the strumpet,With all her double vigor, art and nature,Once stir my temper Ever till now,When men were fond, I smiled, and wond red how Act II, scene ii Oh, heavens,Why does my blood thus muster to my heart,Making both it unable for itself,And dispossessing all my other partsOf necessary fitness So play the foolish throngs with one that swounds,Come all to help him, and so stop the airBy which he should revive and even soThe general, subject to a well wished king,Quit their own part, and in obsequious fondnessCrowd to his presence, where their untaught loveMust needs appear offense Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes,That banish what they sue for redeem thy brotherBy yielding up thy body to my will,Or else he must not only die the death,But thy unkindness shall his death draw outTo ling ring sufferance Answer me tomorrow,Or, by the affection that now guides me most,I ll prove a tyrant to him As for you,Say what you can, my false o erweighs your true Act II, scene iv And in Aglovale s case Sir, this I know the Devil forsakes his servants never Him I served, and I cannot get free For ever he bids me break chastity, and ever he bids me resent humiliation and as I do not, night and day, flesh and spirit must burn at his fires, for he is my master Ah God, ah God, I get no ease Lo, in Percivale how chastity and humility grow like flowers that are sweet to the sun Lo, in me the same fume like scutch, and my own brothers let me know of evil odour p 81 Aglovale spends many years striving to be good moving between periods of upright behavior and deeds most foul, and the harshest atonements In one of the most intense episodes, Agravaine and Gaheris, sons of King Lot, ambush Aglovale, crippling his left hand and disfiguring his face 2 They then tie a rock around his neck and throw him in a bog to drown A peasant rescues the poor knight and puts him up in a mill That night, Aglovale spies from a window his would be murderers floundering in the marsh This is the culmination of his internal struggle but not his suffering Does he ignore the plight of Agravaine and Gaheris, leaving them to die, or save them He chooses the latter though manages to carry it off without revealing his identity , and from that moment on begins a painful process of becoming the knight whom he s aspired to be Even so, he cannot escape the consequences of his past When he comes to Camelot, where Arthur is accustomed to call upon his knights to report on what they ve done, the King does not do so in Aglovale s case, and the man realizes that it s because Arthur would not believe a word he said Said Arthur, grave and firm, Let that alone I have no mind to hear what Sir Aglovale has a mind to tell.Aglovale, startled, sat up rigid, and stared against the King full and hard, agape and breathless For the moment he had no other thought than that Arthur was privy to his nephews villainy, and purposed to cover it.But before the face of Arthur so dishonouring a suspicion could not stand The face of Arthur, sombre to sadness, altered before his eyes, hardened, darkened, overawed the insolent affront of his gaze with an access of majestic severity.Suddenly Aglovale understood Arthur held him an approved liar worth no credence p 194 In the penultimate scene, it s Aglovale s role to go before Arthur and lay bare the canker that s festered at the heart of the King s court since the beginning of his reign, and which threatens to destroy everything he s sought to accomplish the hypocrisy of knightly honor and the lies that have hidden secrets too long buried Yet for thirty years immunity had been his, while hatred turned another way and spent itself And now the blood bond was so firm, and the blood feud so spent, that well might Arthur come to think pardon might yet be to him without punishment in this world Aglovale de Galis knew better though he had made up his account to all appearance upon earth, the laws he had broken were the laws of God given to man, and sooner or later the hand of God would bring him to exact account For the mercy of God He writes softly in the dark of each heart but His justice He writes plain before man p 274 It s the Matter of Britain so the end is inevitably tragic Aglovale s sense of justice and truth compel him to stand with Arthur, and so he dies at Launcelot s hands when that warrior rescues Guenever from the stake An ending madetragic in that Launcelot was one of the few knights who recognized Aglovale s worth and envied him the strength that allowed him to confront his demons and misdeeds and face the censure of his fellows hide spoiler Clemence Housman has created a tremendous character in Aglovale de Galis, and I would strongly recommend this book 1 Case in point There s a scene early in the book where Gaheris accuses Aglovale of crimes, and Aglovale makes the cardinal mistake of freely admitting to them before the whole Court What he should have done was call out Gaheris to a joust or just, as Housman spells it and prove himself in combat Disgusted, Gaheris refuses to fight him, and Aglovale winds up fighting the one knight who had stood up for him, Griflet I m still not quite sure why the code of chivalry required this 2 The reader needs to know that there is a blood feud between the sons of Lot and those of Pellinore because the latter killed the former in battle Though Gareth is a knight beyond reproach, his brothers are not, having foully murdered both Pellinore and Aglovale s other brother Durnor, also in ambush


  3. Edward Erdelac Edward Erdelac says:

    A very challenging read with dense prose that nonetheless successfully emulates Malory s style I found myself reading and re reading sentences to understand their meaning, but I also found myself eager to read the next A beautifully crafted work There is love for Arthurian literature evident in every single line Spotlighting a minor character in Arthurian romance, Aglovale overcomes a less than savory career in his youth to strive to become the ideal Arthurian champion Unfortunately, his ki A very challenging read with dense prose that nonetheless successfully emulates Malory s style I found myself reading and re reading sentences to understand their meaning, but I also found myself eager to read the next A beautifully crafted work There is love for Arthurian literature evident in every single line Spotlighting a minor character in Arthurian romance, Aglovale overcomes a less than savory career in his youth to strive to become the ideal Arthurian champion Unfortunately, his king and peers base all their estimation of him on his sordid past or rather, what they know of it Aglovale comes out in the end as a hero whose tragedy lies in his proving himself too late to those who have already judged his character I found the last lines particularly moving in their entreaty to set aside a prayer for Malory himself Was Aglovale Housman s stand in for the real Malory


  4. Simon Simon says:

    Time to call it quits on this one I really really liked it it s beautiful and moving But it s also very slow, and so little happens, or rather, a lot happens, but it s always the same, that I just ground to a halt I ve tried going back to it a couple of times and each time, I think, wow this is great, I d love to finish it, but then I go read other things It s entirely my failure I think it s a wonderful book.


  5. Julie Bozza Julie Bozza says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Astonishing This tells the story of Sir Aglovale, a knight mentioned in Malory but explored in full here by Clemence Housman Sir Aglovale makes for a terrific anti hero He is unliked and often unlikeable, but when he s shunned by Arthur and his fellow Knights of the Round Table because his instincts prefer truth to chivalry, the reader can t help but take his side From there it s a long hard slog to Aglovale s rightful ending, but well worth it for the company along the way.


  6. Bryn Hammond Bryn Hammond says:

    In spite of its faults For Aglovale, a great sinner and an agonised saint, and for his servant Brose I ll never forget those two An original.


  7. Luke Luke says:

    A simply written glowing story, like The Once and Future King, it has a charming convincing simple writing style, but the other has astonishing realistic essences that a glove doesn t which makes itsimple, yet in a different quality issmoothly written work The story reads like a family saga which is how it charms for medieval elements It is also passionate about emotion Detailed in its storytelling and story driven with occasionally descriptive and when it is short winded subtly b A simply written glowing story, like The Once and Future King, it has a charming convincing simple writing style, but the other has astonishing realistic essences that a glove doesn t which makes itsimple, yet in a different quality issmoothly written work The story reads like a family saga which is how it charms for medieval elements It is also passionate about emotion Detailed in its storytelling and story driven with occasionally descriptive and when it is short winded subtly beautifully done describing the land of King Arthur A rich story because of its straight forward prose, realistic characterization At times in the action parts swift and informative The story is filled with knightly honourous drama With exciting religious elements The characters have complicated thoughts and emotions It s an intensely written book which makes it difficult to read Intelligent slow paced in its story Meaningful on strength and how to handle tragedy exciting fast paced writing and detailed atmosphere and characterization It is to be admired that the story does not fall into romanticism and is meaningful in its prose about chivalry, honor and the holy grail The book portrays the King Arthur story is a detailed portrayal of the fancily written portrayal of the quest for the holy grail It has in its religious subject matter a message against evil Symbolic dramatic characterization Realistic down to earth the complicated character Aglovale de Galis because of not an exactly good knight Insightful about the emotion of knights


  8. Jesse Jesse says:

    One of the finest books I ve ever read, and probably the finest Arthurian novel Clemence Housman writes this novel in a style similar to Malory, which is befitting considering how tied to Le Morte this novel is Aglovale is a minor character in arthuriana, outshined by his brothers Lamorak and Tor, and especially Percivale, one of the Grail Knights Housman fills out this conflicted mans life, from his villainous ways early in his life to his fostering of his young brother, one of the finest kn One of the finest books I ve ever read, and probably the finest Arthurian novel Clemence Housman writes this novel in a style similar to Malory, which is befitting considering how tied to Le Morte this novel is Aglovale is a minor character in arthuriana, outshined by his brothers Lamorak and Tor, and especially Percivale, one of the Grail Knights Housman fills out this conflicted mans life, from his villainous ways early in his life to his fostering of his young brother, one of the finest knights of the Round Table The fact that this book is out of print is a crime


  9. Andrew Andrew says:

    In the meritocracy of the Round Table, what about the knight who fails Housman delves into the cracks of Le Morte d Arthur, asking these questions of one of the lesser brothers of the two great knightly families of Arthurian Legend the two great feuding knightly families Housman mimics the archaic language of Malory but in a stunted and stylish form that gives the reader space to contemplate the psychological depths of our hero especially in contrast to the character landscape of Arthurian In the meritocracy of the Round Table, what about the knight who fails Housman delves into the cracks of Le Morte d Arthur, asking these questions of one of the lesser brothers of the two great knightly families of Arthurian Legend the two great feuding knightly families Housman mimics the archaic language of Malory but in a stunted and stylish form that gives the reader space to contemplate the psychological depths of our hero especially in contrast to the character landscape of Arthurian Legend.Often in story, redemption is instant and done, whether through death or ending Housman does the hard work of representing the struggle and pain of a life of repentance While this is my favorite work of Arthurian Literature, I unfortunately must guard my recommendation due to its intimate interconnection with Malory and the general myth along with her use of language as a barrier to those unfamiliar


  10. Rozonda Rozonda says:

    Beautiful, serene, at once very realistic and full of longing and tenderness, this book is one of the best and least known Arthurian stories ever written.


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The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis (Classic Reprint)❴Read❵ ➬ The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis (Classic Reprint) Author Clemence Housman – Thomashillier.co.uk Originally published in and long unavailable in anaffordable format, The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis i is a psychologicalreconstruction of the life of a minor character in Malory s Le Morted Arthur originally published inand long unavailable in anaffordable format, of Sir PDF º The Life of Sir Aglovale de Galis i is a psychologicalreconstruction of the life of a minor character in Malory s Le Morted Arthur, showing the dark underside of the Round Table It is aJob like tale of the rogue knight Aglovale, son of King Pellinore, andhis path toward spiritual redemption Written in the fine slow The Life Epub / prose ofcontemplation, Sir Aglovale was Clemence Housman s third and finalnovel It is also her finest achievement.


About the Author: Clemence Housman

Clemence Annie Housman November December of Sir PDF º was an author, illustrator and activist in the women s suffrage movement She was the sister of A E Housman and Laurence Housman Her novels included The Were Wolf, Unknown Sea and The Life of Sir Aglovale De Galis She was also a leading figure in the Suffragette movement.