The Knight of the Sacred Lake.
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Guenevere: The Knight of the
Guenevere: last in a line of proud queens elected to rule the
fertile land 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. And Lancelot - the knight
of the Sacred Lake, her champion and secret love.
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 ' -
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'
- Publishers' Weekly
wonderfully-written, alluring tale -
a terrific read' - Kirkus Reviews
As High King and
Queen, Arthur and Guenevere reign supreme over the many kingdoms
and islands of Great Britain. Reconciled with Arthur, 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 became a knight. In
a glittering ceremony at the annual Feast of Pentecost, new
knights are being sworn in to the Round Table including Arthur's
nephew, the cunning, Agravain. Camelot is reborn in all its
glory and after many years of strife, peace is restored at last
to Guenevere's realm.
jealousy and ancient blood feuds fester unseen. Morgan Le Fay,
now the proud possessor of Arthur's only son Mordred, had become
the focus of Merlin's age-old quest to ensure the survival of
the House of Pendragon at all costs. And 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 sanctity
of the Hallows and the life of the Lady herself. At the centre
of the storm is Guenevere, a proud and powerful queen torn
between her love for her husband, her people, and her knight,
Sir Lancelot of the Lake.
With a rare and
intuitive magic Rosalind Miles brings to life a legendary
woman's bravery and passion, and all the pageantry, heartbreak,
beauty and violence of an age gone by.