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Guenevere — last in a line of proud queens elected to rule the fertile lands of the West, true owner of the legendary Round Table, and guardian of the Great Goddess herself — is a woman whose story has never been told. Long relegated to a passive role on the arm of King Arthur, Guenevere finally springs to life in this lavish retelling of one of the richest and most enduring epic tales of Western culture: the Arthurian legend. Rosalind Miles's bold, magical interpretation re-creates the stirring pageant of love, war, heartbreak, jealousy, revenge, and desire from Guenevere's perspective, capturing as never before her formidable power as a queen and her full-blooded passion as a woman. Rich in historical detail, the Guenevere Trilogy draws us into the inner life of a courageous and beautiful heroine, torn between the fires of her own heart and her devotion to her husband and her people. This guide is designed to help direct your reading group's discussion of Rosalind Miles's new perspective on a woman you only thought you knew.

1. The Guenevere Trilogy
The pervasive subtext of the Arthurian legend tells the story of Christianity's hostile attack on an older, female-centered religion. In fact, the Christians are as much Guenevere's enemies as is Morgan, if not more so, as they attempt to destroy the succession of queens and usurp Avalon's sacred relics for their own use. How does this underlying battle affect your reading of the story? Does Miles do a good job of setting the historical record straight? Why or why not? What do you make of the Lady?

2. Throughout the Trilogy, we watch the fascinating and terrifying development of Morgan's character: the defenseless, frightened creature sobbing in Arthur's arms; the evil, hypererotic seductress; the havoc-wreaking shape-shifter, who appears at various times as a cat, a raven, a snake, a murderous knight, and a nefarious nun; and the bodiless, tormented spirit hovering in the trees, endlessly torturing Merlin. Are you ever able to sympathize with Morgan? Which is her most frightening guise? Are you able to accept her radical transformation at the end?

3. Greed is a powerful motivating force for many characters in the story. The Abbess Placida covets an authoritative position at Canterbury; Sylvester lusts for Arthur's soul and Avalon's treasures; Malgaunt wants control over Guenevere; Mordred wants to be king; Agravain wants undue power and recognition; Merlin wants his Pendragon bloodline to rule the world. Is Arthur greedy? Is Guenevere? Is greed a punishable offense in the universe of this story?

4. The theme of children separated from their parents seems to run throughout this story: Morgan and Morgause are wrested from Igraine; Arthur is taken from Igraine and Uther; Amir is lost by Guenevere and Arthur; Mordred is removed from Morgan; and Galahad is hidden from Lancelot. How do these separations, some more painful than others, mold each character? Why are they necessary? Do you think this theme symbolizes a larger issue?

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Lynzy, November 30, 2006 (view all comments by Lynzy)
This is an interesting take on the age-old Arthurian legend. Miles, though letting Morgan be an abstract character throughout this book, brings her into focus at the end, allowing us to see her longing for Arthur's love, and truly wanting Mordred to be loved by him as well. This is remanisent of "Mists of Avalon", but without the love already shared. Arthur had never shared a childhood with either of his half-sisters, and Morgan loves him as a man, not as her brother.

Being that this book is more from Guinevere's point of view than anyone else, and Guinevere being a pagan Queen rather than a Christian princess, as she has been in the past, it presents an interesting view on the Christian take-over of pagan Brittan, and the struggle of the Mother-right to survive. Many Arthur books concentrate on the love between the Queen and her knight, and touch only briefly on the struggle between the two religions. On top of this, Miles' portrayal of the intensity of Lancelot's and the Queen's love is stunning.

Over all, this book was quite impressive. Rosalind Miles is a wonderful writer, and this book was a wonderfully written and fresh telling of an old story. In no way did her twists upset or destroy the legend, only enhance it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the tale of Arthur and his Queen.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780609808023
Author:
Miles, Rosalind
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Historical - Arthurian
Subject:
Lancelot (legendary character)
Subject:
Lancelot
Subject:
Guenevere, Queen
Subject:
Arthur
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
historical fiction;fiction;fantasy;arthurian;king arthur;arthurian legend;camelot;england;arthur;lancelot;mythology;romance;guinevere
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Guenevere Novels (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.08x5.20x.97 in. .81 lbs.

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The Knight of the Sacred Lake: The Second of the Guenevere Novels (Guenevere Novels) Used Trade Paper
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Product details 464 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780609808023 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The popular and prolific Miles injects the tale with poesy...an engrossing if unorthodox read. No doubt Miles's fans will be pleased with this lush, feminist take on the English epic."
"Review" by , "[The Knight of the Sacred Lake] offers a subtle feminist interpretation of the Arthurian legends as it continues the story of Guenevere, forced to choose between love and duty for the sake of her kingdom. Luminously evoking the sunny uplands of the Summer Country, the splendours of Camelot and the dark woods where the evil Morgan lurks, Miles celebrates a woman and a queen in her own right...the best kind of historical fiction, with characters who ignore the heavy hand of history and instead lead their own full and complex lives."
"Synopsis" by , In the follow-up to Miles's bestselling "Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country", the fate of the glorious realm of Camelot stands vulnerable to the dark designs of Arthur's half-sister, Morgan, and the irresistible power of the love shared by Guenevere and her young knight, Lancelot.
"Synopsis" by , Last in a line of proud queens elected to rule the fertile lands of the West, true owner of the legendary Round Table, guardian of the Great Goddess herself . . . a woman whose story has never been told--until now.

As High King and Queen, Arthur and Guenevere reign supreme across the many kingdoms of Great Britain. Still, Guenevere secretly mourns the loss of her beloved Lancelot, who has returned to the Sacred Lake of his boyhood, hoping to restore his faith in chivalry in the place where he learned to be a knight. In a glittering Pentecost ceremony, new knights are sworn to the Round Table, including Arthur's nephews, Agravain and Gawain. After many years of strife, peace is restored to Guenevere's realm.

But betrayal, jealousy, and ancient blood feuds fester unseen. Morgan Le Fay, now the mother of Arthur's only son, Mordred, has become the focus of Merlin's age-old quest to ensure the survival of the house of Pendragon. From the east comes the shattering news that Guenevere may have a rival for Lancelot's love. A bleak shadow falls again across Camelot--and across the sacred isle of Avalon, where Roman priests threaten the life of the Lady herself. At the center of the storm is Guenevere, torn between her love for her husband, her people, and Sir Lancelot of the Lake.

With rare and intuitive magic, Rosalind Miles brings to life a legendary woman's bravery and passion, and all the pageantry, heartbreak, violence, and beauty of an age gone by.

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