fantasy monarchies

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 5 15:28:47 EST 2003


--- "Rowland, Jennifer A B"
<jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk> wrote:
>  Jon wrote:
> > Where fantasy books have governments
> > that aren't absolute monarchies they tend to be
> set in
> > worlds that are close analogies of our own (eg the
> > world of the Chrestomanci)
> 
> Or they are corrupt councils of merchants (that may
> well be an OMT as
> well!). Often Our Heroes come from a monarchy and
> visit a wicked foreign
> country, and are shocked to discover the nasty
> commercial types in charge.
> Oh, I've just thought of a non-rotten ruling
> Council, in Lud-in-the-Mist the
> last Duke disappeared 200 years ago and the Mayor
> now runs things- the
> council are a closed shop and rather stuffy but
> aren't evil or particularly
> incompetent.
> Jennifer

Yes, I loved that book, and think I mentioned it as
the only example I could think of of an early fantasy
novel featuring a government that wasn't autocratic.

Jon

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