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Queen of Camelot

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Queen of Camelot is a great modern telling of the Arthurian story through the eyes of Guinevere. In the beginning of the book she is visited by Lancelot at the convent where she is now living after the affair with Lancelot was discovered. She was unaware that Aurthur had been killed yet, and the news is given to her by Lancelot. He asked Guinevere to come back to Less Britain with him, but she refuses and remains at the convent. He then says that Merlin and Aurthur have asked her to write down her story, so she begins in the beginning with her birth and then childhood. In this tale we get to see Guinevere's side of the story, as well as a feminine side to the story. We also get more in depth information about Guinevere, like who she was and where she came from. In the other stories Guinevere is seen as the reason for the fall of Camelot, and I think this is because more stories from the 12th century to throughout the middle ages what to put Guinevere in the same place as Eve and make her the reason for the fall of mankind in Eve's case and with Guinevere the fall of Camelot, a most holy place. Woman were seen in those times as dangerous because they could so easily be tempted by the devil, and Guinevere fit the part in medieval text, but the modern take has Guinevere telling her own tale and we see a less judgmental Christian version of the story. Yes, the characters are Christian, but women aren't the entire blame for the fall of the great holy city as they were portrayed in earlier times. We also get to watch Guinevere grow up and see what her dreams and thoughts were for her own future. In earlier text she was seen as the scape goat; the temptress that lead sin into the the holy place and took down Camelot, but in this story we see her at least in the beginning as an innocent victim of love. She falls in love with Lancelot because he is a lot like her; a horse person. It is still after she was betrothed to Aurthur, but she tries to forget about him for the good of her country. This book also goes along with the old stories as far as chronological timing of the Kings and the relations between most of the characters. She seems to know a lot about historical factors in the story, and customs of the 6th century, but also there are elements and customs of 12th century when most of the Arthurian stories were written, but she does a fairly good job making you believe you are in 6th to 12th century, except for some of her modern wording, but beyond the modern wording that throws the reader off this tale seems to be pretty darn good.

I had not finished the book so I cannot tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that it is interesting enough that I am going to finish it this summer. It one of those books that once you begin it's hard to put down.

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