Queen of the Summer Country
Raised in the
tranquil beauty of the Summer Country, Princess Guenevere has
had a charmed and contented life until the sudden, violent death
of her mother, Queen Maire, leaves the Summer Country teetering
on the brink of anarchy.
tale from an acclaimed novelist and historian that brings to
life a legendary woman's most glorious time' -
'Has it been
done before? And if not, why not? The sheer inspiration of
telling the Arthurian legend from Guenevere's point of view
could of course have come a cropper in the wrong hands. But
Miles, an acclaimed historian and author of The Women's History
of the World, is the perfect custodian for this most resonant of tales.
This first entry in a highly
promising trilogy is packed with fascinating, unfamiliar detail.
Such is Miles's skill in foregrounding her heroine as a
fully-rounded, compelling protagonist, that the reader is
already anticipating the next volume in this heroic venture'
- Publishing News.
'A marvellous story, which
until now, has focused almost entirely on the king' -
'Should appeal to the
book-buying army of Arthurian fans. We've all seen Camelot, all
read the childhood versions, but there's so much more to it than
that. There is, Miles says, a kind of melancholy wisdom in the
story of how Arthur and Guenevere fused their life and love,
their aspirations and their kingdoms... a great story, full of
political and romantic passion' - Booksellers'
'A celebration of womanhood...
in the older Celtic version of the tale, women were seen as
powerful. The Queen chose her King, who would become the father
of her children, but every year she had the right to choose a
champion too. This page-turning reassessment has produced a
provocative novel which overturns popular preconceptions about
Camelot' - The Sunday Express.
Only the miraculous arrival of Arthur,
heir to the Pendragon dynasty, allows Guenevere to claim her mother's throne. Smitten by the bold,
sensuous princess, Arthur offers to marry her and unite their
territories, while still allowing her to rule in her own right.
Their love match creates the largest and most powerful kingdom
in the isles.
rule begins to crumble, however, when he is reunited with his
mother and his long-lost half-sisters, Morgause and Morgan.
Before Arthur's birth, his father - the savage and unscrupulous
King Uther - banished his wife's young daughters, selling Morgause into a cruel marriage and
imprisoning Morgan in a far-off convent. Both daughters have
reason to avenge their suffering, but only one will strike the
deadliest blows against the King and Queen, using her evil
enchantments to destroy all Guenevere holds dear.
When the Queen flees to Avalon, even her marriage with Arthur
comes under threat.
In the chaos
that follows, a new young knight comes to Arthur's court to
offer his services to the Queen. Her loyalty to Arthur betrayed,
Guenevere falls in love with Lancelot, a love that may spell
ruin for Camelot.
courageous, Guenevere is a true heroine for past times and our