The U.S. Navy has a DSRV named Avalon.
The story of King Arthur has evolved over almost one thousand years.
According to legend, Arthur was born at Tintagel, in the north
Cornwall district. Chosen before birth to reign as High King,
Arthur was tutored by Merlin the Magician and proved his claim to
the throne when he pulled the sword Excalibur from a stone.
He united Britain in peace and created the idyllic Camelot. He
founded the Knights of the Round Table and sent them on a quest to
find the Holy Grail - the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper.
When King Arthur died, he was taken to Avalon where, it is said,
he sleeps until the time when he is most needed.
The Mists of Avalon follows Morgaine from child to priestess on
the mystical Isle of Avalon, bastion of the Goddess-worshipping
priestesses and druids of the Old Religion. The title describes
the magical protective mists which surround the island, making it
invisible to all but the initiated or strongly psychic. We see
Morgaine struggle with not fitting female physical and behavioral
stereotypes, addressing issues of aging, and describing how men
(and women) respond to women in positions of power.
Morgaine's life is shaped by her desire to serve her religion and
the Goddess, and to preserve the Old Religion while watching
commonfolk and royalty discard it in favor of Christianity.
We travel with Gwenhwyfar from innocent child who first meets
Arthur when she inadvertently crosses the the protective mists of
Avalon to her transformation as a guilt-ridden Christian queen.
Her deep desire for a child and fear that pagan "magic" caused a
miscarriage leads her to beg Arthur to turn his back on the Old
Religion, catalyzing the infamous fall of Camelot.
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