The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend
- Non-fiction Book of the Year – Author’s Circle
Guinevere’s journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years…and it’s not over yet.
Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, approachable work that fills a gap in Arthurian material available to the general public.
Nicole Evelina has spent more than 15 years studying Arthurian legend. She is also a feminist known for her fictional portrayals of strong historical and legendary women, including Guinevere. Now, she combines these two passions to examine the effect of changing times and attitudes on the character of Guinevere in a must-read book for Arthurian enthusiasts of every knowledge level.
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- Next Generation Indie Book Awards (General Non-fiction category)
- First in category for Instructional & Insightful Non-Fiction Books at the Chanticleer Book Awards.
Finalist – Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Historical Non-fiction category)
Finalist – Reader’s Favorite (General Non-fiction category)
“A powerful analysis of Guinevere…engaging, informative and compelling…this does not ready like a history book.” – Ind’Tale Magazine, 4.5 star, Crowned Heart review.
“I could not wait to get my hands on this book…I want to hug the author breathless. I walked away loving Guinevere more after reading Nicole Evelina’s work than I had previously. She did justice to her subject, showed her gift for research and her talents as a writer. Definitely a new favorite on my bookshelf, as well as an author who’s work I will keep an eye out for!” – Stacey, book blogger, Pursuing Stacie
“An in-depth and well-researched look into the role Guinevere plays in the story of Arthur and Camelot, as well as her role as queen, a woman, and an individual. Nicole Evelina is clearly passionate about the topic and brings to light several aspects of the legendary queen’s evolution over time. It’s an intriguing concept to see such a notable character, mostly known for either her relationship with Arthur or her affair with Lancelot, as her own independent character.” – Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite (5-star review)
“A useful survey for those interested in this complex figure.” – Historical Novel Society
“When I chose this book, I wanted to send out a warning to the author ‘I LOVE Guinevere stories and have read a great many of them.’ Well, good for you Ms. Evelina, this was not a disappointment! This is a very well researched book told in a very fluid and readable way. I will certainly be looking forward to the next book in this incredible story. Thank you.” – Indie BRAG Medallion reviewer
“Arthurian buffs [will] find use for Evelina’s study as a readers’ advisory tool.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Languages: Published in English worldwide. All other rights available.
Formats: ebook, paperback
Publisher: Lawson Gartner publishing
- 978-0-9967632-2-6 (print)
- 978-0-9967632-3-3 (ebook)