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Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country (Guenevere Novels) (edition 2000)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609806505, Paperback)This is the first part of a trilogy chronicling the life of Queen Guenevere. Beginning with the young King Arthur who is preparing for the war that will unite Britain, the book recounts the marriage of Guenevere and Arthur, the growth of Arthur's court, and Guenevere's adulterous affair with Lancelot.
Although told mainly from Guenevere's point of view, this is a truly epic narrative, encompassing pageantry, political intrigue, war, and the conflict between the old pagan religion and Christianity. At times earthy, sensual, and violent, it is a powerful romantic drama firmly rooted in historical Britain, a modern yet traditional retelling of the stories given definitive form in the first four books of Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur.
The characters are grippingly evoked as realistic, living, and breathing human beings rather than simple archetypes, yet the writing is effortlessly lyrical, with the elegant flow of folktale. In emotional depth, Guenevere is comparable to Parke Godwin's fine Arthurian romance, Firelord.
This title is Rosalind Miles's 17th book. She is the author of the highly praised I, Elizabeth and The Women's History of the World. In 1990, she won the Network Award for outstanding achievement in the field of writing, and the same year she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:08 -0400)
A novel on Guenevere, wife of King Arthur, portraying her as the power behind the throne. The book chronicles their fiery relationship, their efforts at keeping Britain united and their respective extra-marital affairs, he with his half-sister, Morgan, she with Lancelot. By the author of I, Elizabeth.
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