Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Lawson Gartner Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 281 Pages
Genre: History & Criticism/Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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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My Review: Friends, I kid you not when I say that I could not wait to get my hands on this book.
Thanks to my parents, I grew up with a need for books (bet you’re totally shocked) and a deep love for every character that I met within the pages and stories. This meant that while I should have been listening to my math teacher in Junior High (sorry about that, Mr. Munden), my mind was off gallivanting with Thor. With Frigg. With Aslan. With Frodo.
I always had a deep affection for Guinevere. The stories I read of her growing up portrayed her as this beautiful, strong, brave queen. I heard the other stories…the ones that said she might not even have existed. But I dismissed them. (I still do! Call me stubborn.) So, needless to say, when I was given the chance to review a book by Nicole Evelina on the life of Queen Guinevere, I jumped at the chance.
Now, first let me state that I want to hug the author breathless. She didn’t approach The Once & Future Queen as an is-she-real-or-isn’t-she book. Instead, beginning with the earliest Welsh Triads, she tackled Guinevere’s life through her many portrayals throughout literature. She brought various opinions of Guinevere to the page, and chased the rabbit trail of each particular thought to it’s origin. She held the Arthurian queen up to an unbiased light, and yet did so without dishonoring her in any way. 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!
Nicole Evelina is a multi-award-winning historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction writer, whose four novels have collectively won over 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations (Daughter of Destiny by Chanticleer Reviews and Camelot’s Queen by Author’s Circle). Her most recent book, THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN, traces the evolution of the character of Guinevere in Arthurian legend from her Celtic roots to the present day, showing how the character changed along with the period’s views of women. Nicole is currently working on MISTRESS OF LEGEND (2018), the final book in her Guinevere’s Tale trilogy.
As an armchair historian, Nicole researches her books extensively, consulting with biographers, historical societies and traveling to locations when possible. For example, she traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, as well as a member of the Historical Fiction Writers of America, International Arthurian Society – North American Branch, Romantic Novelists Association, Novelists, Inc., the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Alliance of Independent Authors, the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Midwest Publisher’s Association.
For more information, please visit Nicole Evelina’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads. Sign up for Nicole’s newsletter to receive news and updates.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, January 31
Interview at Passages to the Past
Thursday, February 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Tuesday, February 6
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, February 7
Excerpt at What Cathy Read Next
Thursday, February 8
Feature at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Friday, February 9
Interview at Donna’s Book Blog
Tuesday, February 13
Feature at A Literary Vacation
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Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, February 15
Feature at Just One More Chapter
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Guest Post at The Writing Desk
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Review at Clarissa Reads it All
Thursday, February 22
Feature at A Holland Reads
Tuesday, February 27
Review at Curling Up by the Fire
Wednesday, February 28
Feature at Historical Fiction with Spirit
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