Demigods, Chosen Ones & Rightful Heirs: Can Progress, Merit & Citizens Ever Matter in Fantasy?

Saturday Aug 22   04:00 PM to 04:45 PM (45 minutes)
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Science fiction often centers around meritocracies (or at least "knowledgetocracies") but fantasy?  Not so much.  Or, as Dennis famously said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:  "…Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."  Has fantasy ever overcome this classic trope?  Can it?

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