On Romance

Romance month is nearly over.


Ssh, cease your enthusiastic cheers.

Somehow, over the past month, I neglected to mention a form of romance that I really do love.

What, is it possible that Janet should approve of, and even love romance?

Yes, it is. Here’s why.

I’m talking about romance romance, the real stuff: King Arthur and Scathach, Marian and Robin Hood, knights and ladies and commoners and dragons, chivalry and courage and heroism. Of great adventures and noble quests, of last stands and noble deaths, of sacrifices offered and made, of friendship so constant it could be mistaken for sisterhood, brotherhood, or true love, of true love and fidelity, of perseverance and kindness and grace and gentleness.

Of the kind of thing that really does make the world go round.

So here’s my tribute to Camelot tales, and tales of Sherwood Forest, to tales of Redwall and other idealized realms that elevate us with the certainty that truth and nobility are possible. To tales, even, of the Old Kingdom, of animal-and-child tales, of quests of all kinds. May these never be forgotten.

9 responses to “On Romance

  1. Totally not familiar with Arthur & Scathach. Scathach and Cu Chulcainn had something of a Lady Shiva/Batman thing going on, but I wasn’t aware that either of them made their way into the southern Arthurian tales. Any suggested reading on that front?

    • Sorry, I should have made it clear that Arthur and Scathach are not romantically intertwined, so far as I know, although Scathach does train one (or more?) of Arthur’s best knights. Unfortunately, it’s been years since I read that and I can’t recall the book. I’m hoping to reread more of the Arthurian cycles soon, though, so if I find it again, I’ll let you know.

  2. I’ve so much love the Arthurian Legends but not the romance aspects of it cause the old French court idea of love is rather problematic in my opinion. But all the bromances tho! I swoon for them.

    • Agreed, the “courtly love” was brutally unjust at times. But the ideal of friendship and brotherhood (or sisterhood) and the lengths they went for each other are extraordinary! And inspiring.

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