Friday Face-Off: Medieval
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture”
~ a cover that is MEDIEVAL
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
I can’t help it; when I think of the Medieval period, I also always think castles. Hence, this week I decided to feature The Curse of Chalion (one of my favorite books ever), whose covers seem to be chock-full of these symbols of the Middle Ages.
Not surprisingly, since it’s also considered one of Bujold’s most celebrated fantasy novels, there are a LOT of editions. While I’ve already weeded out some of the more unappealing covers, we’re still left with a bunch this week. Here they are:
From left to right, top to bottom:
Eos (2001) – Eos (2006) – Voyager (2003)
HarperTorch (2002) – Blackstone Audio (2004) –Italian Edition (2003)
Bulgarian Edition (2003) – French Edition (2003) – French Edition (2016)
Spanish Edition (2003) – Spanish Edition (2005) – German Edition (2005)
Czech Edition (2005) – Chinese Edition (2007) – Croatian Edition (2013)
There are quite a few covers here I hadn’t seen before, and there are several of them I like a lot. But then I wondered, how much of this is because of the novelty? Sure, I may enjoy the art style of the French (2003) edition, or the surrealism of the Croatian (2013) cover. But at the end of the day? While it may be seen as the “safe” choice, there’s no denying that timelessness and classic styles reign supreme.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?