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Marion Zimmer Bradley in her novel Priestess of Avalon tells the story of a girl named Eilan and follows her for her life story Princess Eilan is the daughter of Rian priestess of the holy isle of Avalon and Prince Coelius of Camulodunum in Britannia circa 300 AD When her mother dies giving birth to Eilan her father raises her in the Roman manner Then war threatens Camulodunum Princess Eilan is sent to Avalon to learn the ways of the priestesses of the Old Religion the pagan beliefs that in that time period still hold sway in much of the British Isles Hidden behind the ghostly mists of magical Avalon Eilan grows into early womanhood as a priestess of the Old Religion But then she becomes attracted to Constantius a Roman officer with ambitions to greatness Defying the orders of her aunt Ganeda the Lady of Avalon Eilan takes the place of another priestess and partners with Constantius in a sexual rite destined to create a Child of Prophecy As a result of Eilans disobedience Ganeda banishes her from Avalon and strips her of the power to penetrate the mist that conceals the isle Eilan takes comfort in knowing that she will bear the child who is the hope of Britannia She becomes a good citizen of the Roman Empire and a good wife When she bears Constantius a son he is named Constantine And in time though Eilan suffers much loss and sorrow in the journey her son does become Constantine the Great emperor over all Rome and all its territories But something is wrong The child of prophecy was supposed to lead Britannia back to its old ways but Constantine has become convinced that the new religion of Christianity is the one true religion Aging Eilan the priestess of Avalon now Flavia Helena Augusta must decide whether she will convert as the mother of the most powerful Christian in the Roman empire or
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