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Rosalind Miles

Author of I, Elizabeth

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About the Author

Rosalind Miles, PhD, is a critically acclaimed English novelist, essayist, lecturer, and BBC broadcaster. Her novels-including Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country and I, Elizabeth-have been international bestsellers. She lives in Hertfordshire, England.
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Works by Rosalind Miles

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies


(19) Arthur (21) Arthurian (179) Arthurian legend (91) biography (29) British literature (18) Camelot (26) Elizabeth I (78) England (98) fantasy (183) feminism (91) fiction (374) gender (21) guenevere novels (23) Guinevere (32) historical (83) historical fantasy (25) historical fiction (442) history (245) Ireland (32) Isolde (22) King Arthur (101) medieval (23) non-fiction (102) novel (34) own (30) read (43) romance (40) rosalind miles (23) royalty (25) series (38) to-read (354) Tristan (17) Tristan and Isolde (17) Tudor (36) Tudors (19) unread (52) women (95) women's history (43) women's studies (42)

Common Knowledge

Warwickshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Kent, England, UK
Los Angeles, California, USA
Oxford University
King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
University of Birmingham (Shakespeare Institute)
University of Leicester
social activist
Cross, Robin (husband)
Awards and honors
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Short biography
From her website: Born in Warwickshire, Rosalind is the youngest of three sisters and had a happy and lucky childhood, surviving a spell in an iron lung during an attack of polio at the age of four. She was flown up to the academic hothouse of King Edward VI High School for Girls at the age of 10, and from there to read English at Oxford University, where she won the Eleanor Rooke Memorial Prize, the Principal’s Prize of St Hilda’s College and a State Studentship Award. She subsequently studied at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, where she was awarded an MA and a Ph.D, and at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, where she collected her fifth degree, a starred MA*, the only Distinction to be awarded in the history of the program.
Rosalind Miles has taught and lectured at the universities of London, Birmingham and Coventry in the UK, and at City University of New York and the University of Texas at Austin in the USA, among others. Before leaving academe to pursue writing and consultancy full time, she was the deputy Head of the Media Centre at Coventry University. She's the author of 23 books of fiction and non-fiction.
She has presented her own radio and television programs, and also has appeared on ITV’s The Monarchy Debate, as five times national champion of BBC R4’s Round Britain Quiz, CNN, CBS, PBS, WNBC, WBS, RTE, and countless local stations. The mother of two grown-up children, Rosalind is married to fellow writer and Oxford scholar, the historian Robin Cross, and lives in Kent.



Do you hate King Arthur, Guenevere, religion, and men? Then this book is for you! I'm not super religious, and I am fully fine with reading books that have negative portrayals of men and religion. But Jesus this book is just... I think this author might actually have a problem. The portrayals of men and religion just seem to be needlessly spiteful and mean for no real reason.

But then the women in the book aren't portrayed as great either. Guenevere basically doesn't do anything despite being the title character. She just meekly sits there while men argue until she marries Arthur, and then he just does whatever he wants and she does nothing about it. I've never read a super misandrist book that somehow also made the women come off super awful. Lucan is the only character in the book who has a personality and is any way interesting to read about.

The book doesn't even make use of Guenevere apparently having psychic visions. SPOILER: Some men tell Guenevere that Morgause's sons are out for revenge against Arthur, and now the man who killed Morgause's husband is escorting Morgause back home. Guenever has a vision of them drenched in a huge amount of blood, and she's just like "Huh I guess that means they'll be protected from evil" and then she goes on to have absolutely no problem with the three vengeful sons living in the household.
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momelimberham | 16 other reviews | Feb 14, 2024 |
Probably not the best telling of the Arthurian Legend but I was interested enough to keep reading. With thousands of other re-tellings out there I doubt I'll be picking up the sequels.
jskeltz | 16 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
I didn't remember the first book in this trilogy that well, so getting started with this second part took some time and effort. Merlin is looking for Mordred, Morgan plans revenge, Agravain spreads hate, Guenevere sends Lancelot away, and Arthur and Guenevere are unhappily together for the most part. Now, having read this one, I'm keen to read the final part too.
mari_reads | 6 other reviews | Oct 7, 2023 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
fernandie | 1 other review | Sep 15, 2022 |



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