|About the Book|
But I heard the tale, and knew that Merlin’s promise that we would live forever was a true-spoke prophecy. The people need us, and they will not let us die. Because of them, Camelot still lives, where a Sorcerer’s dream became reality, and theMoreBut I heard the tale, and knew that Merlin’s promise that we would live forever was a true-spoke prophecy. The people need us, and they will not let us die. Because of them, Camelot still lives, where a Sorcerer’s dream became reality, and the Fellowship of the Round Table flowered. Camelot, where men of honor strive for noble causes, and a just king rules in a land of wonder…where love lasts forever, and I still watch Arthur and Lancelot come tramping across the courtyard from their morning rounds, heads bent in consultation…Thus Persia Woolley’s Guinevere looks back on the reality of her life as Britain’s High Queen, and ahead to the legend it will one day become.As in Child of the Northern Spring and Queen of the Summer Stars, Woolley once again presents Europe’s best-loved myth as history, rather than fantasy, telling the story through the eyes of a Guinevere whose sharp wit and unquenchable spirit have endeared her to earlier readers. Raised as a tomboy in the Celtic north, prepared for queenhood by Arthur’s mother, Igraine, Guinevere now faces the dramatic final years of her reign with courage, integrity, and heartbreaking honesty.From the Pagan terror of the Green Man to the spiritual quest for the Holy Grail, from the evolution of Arthur’s law code to Guinevere’s own trial for adultery and treason, Woolley vividly brings to life the classic adventures at the heart of the legend. Here, too, are the joyous and tragic events that make the story of Arthur and Guinevere’s lives so timeless: the conflict between personal desires and duty which culminates in Guinevere’s love idyll with Lancelot at Joyous Gard, and the inevitable, devastating confrontation between Arthur and his son, Mordred, a primal battle which even Guinevere’s greatest sacrifice cannot prevent.A seamless blend of imagination, meticulous research, and narrative artistry, Guinevere is a marvelous feat of storytelling and a brilliant climax to a trilogy that is certain to become a classic of contemporary Arthurian literature.