The third book in the acclaimed historical series that began with King Arthur and Merlin. The world's most important Arthurian expert presents a riveting portrait of the darkly complex woman known only through legend.
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Described by the publisher as a work which "probes the mysteries surrounding Camelot's infamous queen," Guinevere adds conjecture and broad extrapolation to the small field of scholarly study about King Arthur's queen. Goodrich ( King Arthur , LJ 2/1/86, Merlin , LJ 1/87) assumes the reader has read her previous books and accepted her conclusions about the historicity of Arthur and Merlin. She now adds her interpretations of French romances and Finnish mythology to "prove" Guinevere was a Pictish high priestess. Most of her argument is based on the Prose Lancelot , written in the early 13th century. It is difficult to accept the validity of Goodrich's conclusions when she relies so heavily on these romances as historical proof and provides few footnotes to reinforce her findings. The prose is florid and confusing. Paragraphs often read as though she simply grouped several sentences together. General readers drawn in by the advertising will be disappointed. Not recommended.
- Pamela A. Grudzien, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant
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Book Description Perennial, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060922923