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Source: http://www.speakeasy.org/~mamandel/filks/PerilousGard.html
  1. `Nine and twenty ladies served in the Queen's hall,
            Follow, my love, come in at the door!
    But `bonnie Katherine Sutton was the flower among them all,
            And we'll never go down to the Well any more.
  2. Queen `Mary decreed in her anger and her pride
            Follow, my love, ...
    Lady `Katherine at the Perilous Gard must abide.
            And we'll never ...
  3. There the `fairy folk have stolen the lord's wee child away,
    On `All Hallows' Eve a teind for to pay.
  4. But the `young lord's gone down to the Well in her stead,
    And `now they are schooling him to be of the dead.
  5. One `night as he lay in his cell down in the stone,
    `Lady Katherine heard him a-makin' his moan.
  6. "O `Katherine, fair Katherine, how came you here?"
    "The `steward betrayed me for greed and for fear."
  7. "O `Katherine, fair Katherine, you cannot set me free,
    But I would have you come every night and speak to me."
  8. One `night when she came there to speak with him alone,
    His `cell it stood open and the young lord was gone.
  9. "'Tis the `eve of All Hallows," fair Katherine did cry,
    "And I `fear they have taken off the young lord to die."
  10. She `ran through the fairy halls as best she knew how,
    Going `out by the oak leaf with never a bough.
  11. She `spied from afar where the great fire gleamed
    To `take the young lord's life in the paying of the teind.
  12. He `rode to the middle of the fairy people's ring
    All in `gold and in jewels like a statue of a king.
  13. They be`spoke and bespelled him to cast his life away,
    But `boldly Katherine answered every word they did say.
  14. "Be `nothing, O, be nothing," said the Guardian in grey.
    "Be a `man," said fair Katherine, "and live another day."
  15. "You have `made your life a ruin, now leave it all behind."
    "Don't `let him rob your will, you've done nothing of the kind."
  16. "Like a `god we give you honor in the golden things you wear."
    "You `look more like the gingerbread they sell down at the fair!"
  17. "O `Katherine, fair Katherine, you have broken their spell,
    And `brought me back alive from the threshold of Hell!"
  18. Now the `young lord is master of a manor rich and wide,
    And `Katherine is his lady fair, always at his side.
  19. And the `Holy Well is drownded and the fairy people fled,
    Never`more to pay a teind of the living to the dead.
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I was so excited to discover this fanart! I hope everyone enjoys it.

Kate Sutton by whimsicalcow@deviantart.com

The Lady in the Green by whimsicalcow@deviantart.com
Source: http://whimsicalcow.deviantart.com/#/d1smx0d

Christopher Heron by whimsicalcow@deviantart.com

Source: http://whimsicalcow.deviantart.com/#/d1spb1t

The Lady in the Green by whimsicalcow@deviantart.com

Source: http://whimsicalcow.deviantart.com/#/d1sra3k

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I was fourteen when I discovered The Perilous Gard. A parent who carpooled me to school was listening to it on tape. I was immediately fascinated with the story and asked what it was called. When I found out I searched for the book at my library but couldn't find it. Luckily, I found it on Amazon and my parents were good enough to give it to me the following Christmas. I have since read it over 20, possibly 30 times. I'm not sure because I lost count after 16, which was sometime in high school (Ten years ago) . . . I tend to read it at least once a year, around Halloween toward Christmas I start craving the dialog and overall flavor that Pope created. I also enjoy her other novel, The Sherwood Ring, but something about The Perilous Gard is just so enticing for me. I love that it has so much to it. It's historically based fiction with mystery, fantasy, Christian theology and just the right peppering of wit and romance. I simply adore it! Which is why I created this fan group here on LJ.
Please feel free to post your own stories of how you discovered this amazing book! I would love to hear them!
~Julie :}
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I have so much love for this book right now that I need an outlet! I found another LiveJournal friend who loves it just as much. She wrote a terrific review, but of course, we already know this! She was also kind enough to exchange PMs with me discussing the book. Here is the link to her blog:


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Is this community still active?
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Elizabeth Marie Pope

Author of nonfiction book:

Paradise Regained: The Tradition and the Poem (1947)

And Novels:

The Sherwood Ring (1958)


The Perilous Gard (1974) A Newbery Honor Book

(Which is, in my opinion, the best novel of all time!)

If you have read these books and love them as much as I do, please join this community to honor the memory of this immortal author.

Elizabeth Marie Pope was born on May 1, 1917 in Washington, DC to Christopher Herman Pope and Florence Anna Thompson Pope. Throughout her life she was a scholar who specialized in Elizabethan England and the writings of men like Shakespeare and Milton. In 1940 she graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where she earned her A.B. Then she went on to Johns Hopkins University, for her Ph.D. graduating in 1944. She then became a professor of English for Mills College, Oakland, CA. Where she taught for 38 years before retiring on June 30, 1982.

She was a member of the following:
American Association of University Professors,
Renaissance Society,
Medieval Society of America,
Society for Creative Anachronism

She left this world at the age of 75 on August 4, 1992 in Biddleford, York County, Maine. She was survived by her younger sister Mary and brother Wilmot and their respective families.

I have worked on converting The Perilous Gard into a screenplay, off and on for about 2 years, but I am now considering writing to Walden Media (the makers of Narnia, Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, and other such movies) and asking them to consider doing it as one of their next movies. They probably would since it is a Newbery Honor Book, and they are all about making movies based on the kind of good literature that is promoted by teachers. And I'm sure with their growing reputation they would have a much easier time attaining the rights to the story from whomever owns them now. (I suspect her brother Wilmot, who is now, as far as I know, the only one left in her family as her sister died a few years after Ms. Pope)

I hope that this little community will become a very enjoyable place for Elizabeth Marie Pope's fans to congregate, discuss and celebrate her great life's work. I am hoping to also post assignments like asking the members (who want to participate) to post their own art of the books' places and characters, so we can all enjoy how each of us envision the worlds that Elizabeth has opened to our minds.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas to contribute to this community, feel free to post them. I am looking forward to meeting other readers who enjoy E. M. Pope's books as much as I do.
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