06 August, 2016

Two new reviews of medievalist fiction

Susan Signe Morrison, Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife. Winchester, UK; Washington, USA [sic]: Top Hat Books, 2015. Pp. 226.

Reviewed by Jana Schulman

Susan Morrison’s familiarity with and love of Germanic literature can be found on every page of her novel about Grendel’s mother, the unnamed aglæcwif and idesintroduced in the poem Beowulf.  In the Anglo-Saxon poem, Grendel’s mother enters Hrothgar’s hall to avenge her son and take back his arm. READ FULL REVIEW HERE


Leon Mintz, Arthurian Tales: Ambrosius Aureliani. Pontiac, MI: Erie Harbor Productions, 2010.

Reviewed by Ann F. Howey

Arthurian Tales: Ambrosius Aureliani by Leon Mintz is the first book in a projected four-book series. It tells the story of Ambrosius Aureliani (the legendary King Arthur’s uncle) through the first-person narration of Merlinus (Merlin). In this review, I will primarily address its strengths and weaknesses as a work of fiction; that might seem an obvious statement to make, but while Mintz’s book is a novel, it is also an argument for a certain interpretation of early medieval history, as the paratexts make explicit; it would be entirely possible to review it from the standpoint of historical plausibility alone.  READ FULL REVIEW HERE