The wizard Merlin took Uther Pendragon's first-born to be raised in safety.

In time, as Merlin had foreseen, the child drew the sword from the stone and was proclaimed King of England.

Merlin was always a big-picture thinker. If he'd been a details guy, he might have noticed that the child was a girl.

Can Martha unite the land and usher in a golden age of chivalry, all while maintaining her secret identity?



Martha's To-Do List:

... a woman's work is never done.

Sources

Sources, Resources & Inspirations

Malory

Malory's Works

The language may be offputting, but if you can get used to the 15th century's multiple-choice attitude to spelling, then a decent glossary will cut through a lot of the obscurity.

Excalibur

Excalibur

Not without its flaws, but for me, this is still the best film version of the King Arthur story.

The Gough Map

The Gough Map

Its age is a bit uncertain, but it seems to be roughly contemporaneous with Malory. It also seems to share his sense that Orkney was more important than mere geography might suggest.

The Middle Ages Unlocked

The Middle Ages
Unlocked

I wish I'd had this book when I started doing general background research for this story. It may be a few centuries off from my setting, but there are some great nuggets in here about various aspects of life in medieval times.

Secrets of the Castle

Secrets of
the Castle

I'm a sucker for TV shows where people make reasonably complex things from scratch. And who doesn't love castles? So this docu-series about an "Experimental Archaeology" site where people are building a 14th-century-style castle - using period-appropriate tools, techniques and materials - is right up my alley. And I learned a thing or two about what building and living in a castle may have actually been like.

Full Metal Jousting

Full Metal
Jousting

There seems to have been a brief surge of interest in trying to revive jousting as a modern sport, resulting in TV shows like Knights of Mayhem as well as this 10-episode contest. The format doesn't do much for me, and the armour is disappointingly uniform and boxy, but when you want to draw two people trying to knock each other off their horses, there's no better reference than guys doing exactly that.

Early British Kingdoms

EBK

David Nash Ford's Early British Kingdoms site has some sections on where Arthurian legend meets history and geography. While I prefer not to bog down mythology in facts, it's sometimes good to have a rough idea where the events are supposed to have taken place.

 

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