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Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle: The First of the Tristan and Isolde Novels

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In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, “of all surgeons, the best among the isles.” A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent. But she is unable to stop them. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland’s fiercest champion in combat. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise—for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world. His men smuggle him into the Queen’s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.

From this first meeting of star-crossed lovers, an epic story unfolds. Isolde’s skill and beauty impress Tristan’s uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, and—knowing nothing of her love for Tristan—he decides to make her his queen, a match her mother encourages as a way to bind their lands under one rule. Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to marry a man she does not love. Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will last until death. But on the voyage to Ireland, Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion by accident, sealing their already perilous love forever.

So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller’s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy.

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of the successful Guenevere Trilogy takes readers back into the lush, mysterious world of Arthurian legend with the first volume of a gripping new trilogy focused on the star-crossed Celtic lovers, Tristan and Isolde.

About the Author

ROSALIND MILES is a well-known and critically acclaimed English novelist, essayist, and broadcaster. Her novels, including the Guenevere trilogy, have been international bestsellers. Rosalind divides her time between homes in California and England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780609609606
Author:
Miles, Rosalind
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
Cornwall
Subject:
Tristan
Subject:
Iseult
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
3147-121
Publication Date:
c2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
349 p.
Dimensions:
9.26x6.46x1.18 in. 1.39 lbs.

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Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle: The First of the Tristan and Isolde Novels
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Product details 349 p. pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780609609606 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of the successful Guenevere Trilogy takes readers back into the lush, mysterious world of Arthurian legend with the first volume of a gripping new trilogy focused on the star-crossed Celtic lovers, Tristan and Isolde.
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