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Sunday, March 9, 2014

...the pain continues

From Every Bitter Thing: The Real Story of Guenevere and Lancelot by Robert Rice


Finally! A rendering that makes sense of the Guenevere and Lancelot story.  
Not that of a faithless queen and a foresworn trusted knight, but a tale of cultural differences and understandings running counter to each other. Of old beliefs pitted against new and of  kingdom skirmishes and territorial grabs.    
The story of Guenevere, a pict priestess and a King's daughter and Lancelot her mercenary champion, chosen from before her political marriage to Arthur. Their relationship set against pict women's rights and practices give rise to the many misunderstandings about the triangle of Guenevere, Arthur and Lancelot a different focus. But first there was Lancelot.
Guenevere is a woman used and a woman betrayed. Arthur is the High King seeking a dream, it seems at any cost. Beyond that is a story of love and betrayal that had the power to bring this reader to tears.

A NetGalley ARC

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