A tradition of viewing Paradise as an Otherworld exists in Middle English literature. Why not the artificial paradise of the Assassins described in The Book of John Mandeville?
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Ember Nights in Guy Gavriel Kay and John Crowley
In Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana and John Crowley's Love and Sleep,part of his Aegypt sequence, characters born with cauls are summoned in the middle of the night to walk among the dead. Kay calls these individuals Night Walkers. Their story stretches back to real-world superstitions about children born with a membrane around their heads. This …
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Was the Renaissance “Swerve” a historical fantasy?
In the novel I am presently reading, Aegypt: The Solitudes by John Crowley, the main character, a historian academic named Pierce Moffet, comes across the realization that "there is more than one history of the world." Furthermore, the "world is not the same as it once was." This radical change in human history supposedly occurred …
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