This is the second book in Ms Woolley s Guinevere trilogy Sourcebooks is reprinting them and I, for one am very glad These books, unlike most that give us the Arthurian legend, tell the story from Guinevere s point of view.It is just so very refreshing The second book picks up with Guinevere settled into her marriage and while maybe not feeling like a Queen of her peoples, starting to feel less like that Child of the Northern Spring She and Arthur are compatible and have even fallen a bit in This is the second book in Ms Woolley s Guinevere trilogy Sourcebooks is reprinting them and I, for one am very glad These books, unlike most that give us the Arthurian legend, tell the story from Guinevere s point of view.It is just so very refreshing The second book picks up with Guinevere settled into her marriage and while maybe not feeling like a Queen of her peoples, starting to feel less like that Child of the Northern Spring She and Arthur are compatible and have even fallen a bit in love with each other The book opens with the death of Arthur s mother Igraine and Guinevere learns the backstory of Arthur s birth She begins to understand the family dynamics.Arthur and Guinevere travel around the land making alliances, getting to know the people and attending the wedding of a very young and appallingly spoiled Isolde to and old King Mark Arthur s knight Tristan has fetched her and we all know what will happenThis book also delvesinto Lancelot his past, his personality and how Guinevere interacts with him From his cold manner at the start to her love for him at the end But this book ends with her hiding that love setting up the third book and her downfall at the hands of Arthur s son Mordred a character I never liked.The book is very well written as was the first It is a revelation reading such a well known tale from a feminine viewpoint I have to admit that I like it The small details that don t occur when Arthur is the main focus the accent on feelings, on atmosphere adds a new depth to the old legend Ms Woolley s writing style flows easily from page to page and she draws you in to time and place so that you don t want to leave I will look forward to the third book but not to the end of the trilogy.While I know the end of the story I am looking forward to seeing how Ms Woolley tells it through Guinevere s words Camelot was, after all, inhabited bythan just the Once and Future King The Guinevere in Queen of the Summer Stars takes on the role of a bridge between the young girl, innocent version of Guinevere from the first book and the Guinevere who is involved in the downfall of Camelot Given that role, this Guinevere isworldly and mature than her predecessor She is actively involved in political discussions with Arthur and his men She comes into her own as a lover, queen and a friend, as well as deals with issues of motherhood We really see her relationship with The Guinevere in Queen of the Summer Stars takes on the role of a bridge between the young girl, innocent version of Guinevere from the first book and the Guinevere who is involved in the downfall of Camelot Given that role, this Guinevere isworldly and mature than her predecessor She is actively involved in political discussions with Arthur and his men She comes into her own as a lover, queen and a friend, as well as deals with issues of motherhood We really see her relationship with Arthur grow into something muchsolid than their early marriage showed We see her torn between love and duty something that is muchstrained as she identifies her relationship with Lancelot.I have to say that her relationships with Arthur and Lancelot were different than how I had imagined them prior to this book I always believed that she belonged with Arthur and hated her for running off with Lancelot in the legends but Woolley creates the relationship with Lancelot from the bottom up You really get a sense of why she could be torn between these two great men and the emotions and decisions that impacted both Lancelot and Guinevere I am very happy that Woolley took time to carve out Lancelot s character this allows the reader to identify with himThe relationship between these characters felt like it developed naturally and by the end I was moved to their side This book is certainly muchemotionally developed than the previous book in this series and very much appreciated by this reader When the narrative isn t focused on Guinevere s relationships it shifts focus to the politics of the time and there is a lot of it here Arthur is striving to bring together many different people and bring them under one law We get to meet many of these groups of people and understand the difficulties in doing this.The one story thread that I now really want to exploreis the story of Tristan and Isolde Woolley brought their story to the forefront for a short period and I loved reading Guinevere s reaction to their forbidden love I am now looking forward to Book 3 Guinevere The Legend in Autumn releasing in November 2011than I was for Book 2 Queen of the Summer Stars is an overall better read in my mind than Child of the Northern Spring and I hope that Book 3 continues to build on that trend.This book was received for review from the publisher I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review Guinevere tells of her early married life with Arthur 450 550AD Battle of Badon Hill was King Arthur s greatest triumph, the Celts over the Saxons This almost total defeat of the Saxon invaders brought about an extended period of peace to Britain may have occurred at Bath Hill.All invading Germanic tribes are referred to as Saxons, although the northern settlers were predominatly Angles and those in the south included Jutes and Franks The britons called them all Saxons.Saxon gods lived in th Guinevere tells of her early married life with Arthur 450 550AD Battle of Badon Hill was King Arthur s greatest triumph, the Celts over the Saxons This almost total defeat of the Saxon invaders brought about an extended period of peace to Britain may have occurred at Bath Hill.All invading Germanic tribes are referred to as Saxons, although the northern settlers were predominatly Angles and those in the south included Jutes and Franks The britons called them all Saxons.Saxon gods lived in the sky Celtic gods lived under the water.Albion was the ancient name for Britain.Anastasius Bowl, a silver tray found in the Sutton Hoo ship buriel.The silversmith mark comes from Constantinople.Center of the basin depicts a woman s head.Cerne Abbas Giant, figure cut into the hilside near Dorchester,the 60 meter tall Cerne giant and the Maypole mound above his head have marked a fertility power place since ancient times The deep trenches cut into the chalk rock of the hillside outlining the giant s form have been maintained by generation after generation of local inhabitants since at least the 2nd millennium BC.Historical eveidence that there was a King Ambrosius Supposedly, Merlin was his illegitimate son.Defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the early sixth century and unification of britain, the first since the downfall of the Romans.Lady of Shalot Elaine of Astolat is the woman who dies of unrequited love for Lancelot Mordred has become the villain in the Arthurian legends Described as nephew of King Arthur by some, and by others as the bastard son of King Arthur by his half sister Morgause.In legend, Uther Pendragon was brother to Ambrosius and became King of Britain on his brother s death.Vortigern could have ruled Britain during the early to mid 400s, having grabbed the British throne from Constantine, the father of Ambrosius Aurelianus and Uther Pendragon.Geoffrey of Monmouth, Archdeacon of Monmouth and later Bishop of St Asaphs, first popularized King Arthur s story, around 1136, in his History of the Kings of Britain Though he was writing some six hundred years after Arthur s death, there is no reason to suppose that Geoffrey s history was made up.He claimed he had taken most of his information from an earlier British source he referred to it as a certain, very ancient book written in the British language ed , unknown to us today Sir Thomas Malory s 15th century work, Le Morte d Arthur is better known than Geoffrey He took their stories and retold them with an epic unity, creating the Romantic Age of Chivalry With one stroke of his pen, he transformed Arthur s Court from Dark Age obscurity to the height of medieval pageantry Being written in English and printed by William Caxton, Le Morte d Arthur was instantly available to the masses, and it remains highly popular, even today, as a classic work of literature Malory s work, however, is just that a work of literature There is little history left amongst his pages.King Mark of Cornwall, his wife Isolde and the hero Tristan The legend of Tristan and Isolde is one of the most influential medieval romances, which was about a love triangle between the hero, his uncle and his uncle s wife This page contained full story from the Tristan and Isolde The story of Tristan and Isolde that takes place during Arthurian times This romance is a fascinating Arthurian legend The tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde has been told and retold through various stories and manuscripts It takes place during medieval times during the reign of King Arthur.Isolde of Ireland, also known as Isolt, Isold, Iseult, or Ysolde, was the daughter of Angwish, King of Ireland She was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall King Mark sent his nephew, Tristan, to Ireland to escort Isolde back to Cornwall.Before leaving Ireland, Isolde s mother gave a love potion to Isolde s handmaiden, Brangraine, with strict instructions to keep it safe until they reached Cornwall It was then to be given to Isolde on her wedding night Sometime during the voyage, Isolde and Tristan drank the potion by accident and fell forever in love Isolde did marry Mark of Cornwall, but could not help but love Tristan The love affair continued after the marriage When King Mark finally learned of the affair, he forgave Isolde, but Tristan was banned from Cornwall Tristan moved to King Arthur s court and later went to Brittany There he met Iseult of Brittany also known as Iseult of White Hands He was attracted to her because of the similarity of her name to his true love He married her, but did not consummate the marriage because of his love for the true Isolde After falling ill, he sent for Isolde in hopes that she would be able to cure him If she agreed to come, the returning ship s sails would be white, or the sails would be black if she did not agree Iseult, seeing the white sails, lied to Tristan and told him that the sails were black He died of grief before Isolde could reach him Isolde died soon after of a broken heart Iseult regretted her actions after she saw the love that the two had for each other This review first appeared on my blog, Laura s Reviews at of the Summer Stars is the second book in Persia Woolley s Guinevere series Guinevere and Arthur are the young recently married High King and Queen of Britain Arthur has a dream to unite the Kingdom and Guinevere is an efficient Celtic Queen who works hard to keep the dream alive King Ban s son, Lancelot, joins the round table He quickly becomes Arthur s right hand man, but exhibits coldne This review first appeared on my blog, Laura s Reviews at of the Summer Stars is the second book in Persia Woolley s Guinevere series Guinevere and Arthur are the young recently married High King and Queen of Britain Arthur has a dream to unite the Kingdom and Guinevere is an efficient Celtic Queen who works hard to keep the dream alive King Ban s son, Lancelot, joins the round table He quickly becomes Arthur s right hand man, but exhibits coldness towards Guinevere Slowly, the two become friends, and realize that they have feelings for each other beyond friendship Will Guinevere risk it all for love as her friends Isolde and Tristan did Or will she remain a true Celtic Queen and stay with Arthur I love, love, love the Arthur Guinevere Lancelot love triangle I ve never seen it writtenmovingly then in Queen of the Summer Stars Arthur is Lancelot s best friend, a man he genuinely respects and cares for Loving Guinevere is heart wrenching for him, but evenso for Guinevere Guinevere loves and respects Arthur, but has come to realize that he will always care for Britainthan he will for her They have a good relationship, but are missing the intensity of true love Guinevere and Lancelot are kindred spirits and love each other, but can t act on that love for their mutual love of Arthur It is a gripping read and a truly wonderful love triangle.I also enjoy that this story is told from Guinevere s perspective Guinevere is no silly, fickle queen as portrayed in other versions of the legend She is a strong queen who is very much a co ruler with Arthur She also gets her hands dirty, be it helping out in the kitchen, or getting different castles set up to live in or host visitors Persia Woolley writes the Guinevere trilogy in a historical fiction setting Her novels are very well researched and are set in the period after the Romans have occupied Britain There is a power void in Britain and Arthur has stepped in to fill that void and bring the various people of Britain together to fight against invaders Her writing is superb and gives one a real sense of being in Britain during the early middle ages.I love Arthurian legends by Mary Stewart and Marion Zimmer Bradley, but Persia Woolley s Guinevere trilogy is my favorite version of the legend I wish Starz would have made this trilogy into a series rather than their quite terrible Camelot series Overall, Queen of the Summer Stars is a wonderful book with a great historical fiction background and a very romantic love triangle It is quite simply, the best version of the Arthurian legend that I have read Oh dear I was becoming a little dubious by the end of book one but I am completely sure at the end of book 2 that I will pass on the final volume of the series Too many historical errors and anachronisms, poor characterisation that actually got worse in book 2 or maybe I became less kind and a simplistic style of writing that seemed aimed at YA not adults even though apparently this was not so After reading Gillian Bradshaw s really excellent version of the Arthurian story, this paled by Oh dear I was becoming a little dubious by the end of book one but I am completely sure at the end of book 2 that I will pass on the final volume of the series Too many historical errors and anachronisms, poor characterisation that actually got worse in book 2 or maybe I became less kind and a simplistic style of writing that seemed aimed at YA not adults even though apparently this was not so After reading Gillian Bradshaw s really excellent version of the Arthurian story, this paled by comparison nay, it dwindled Drops book 3 back to the library Most King Arthur stories tend to have the main character be it Arthur or Guinevere or Merlin or Mordred or Morgan or anyone of the regulars standing around, rubbing temples in exasperation, moaning about being surrounded by barbaric idiots.Here it is Guinevere playing the part of only sane one here, but not doing a lot about it, probably because she realizes there isn t much one can do.The book covers a solid ten years, but there s no sense of time passing That, and with the amount of name Most King Arthur stories tend to have the main character be it Arthur or Guinevere or Merlin or Mordred or Morgan or anyone of the regulars standing around, rubbing temples in exasperation, moaning about being surrounded by barbaric idiots.Here it is Guinevere playing the part of only sane one here, but not doing a lot about it, probably because she realizes there isn t much one can do.The book covers a solid ten years, but there s no sense of time passing That, and with the amount of name dropping and character pairing on and off, it feels very much like the kind of soap opera where nothing changes season to season and people standing around talking about all the other characters and gossiping about who s dating who.Um, Gwenny, don t you have, like, western civilization to save Are we still talking about Tris and Issy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The second book in the trilogy Goes up to Gwen and Arthur s 10th anniversary and Mordred s arrival at court She and Lancelot have declared their love, it it hasn t been consummated Morgause has been killed, Accolon has challenged Arthur, Tristan and Isolde, Elaine of Astolat Kevin returns as a priest Leodegrance dies Saxons defeated at Mt Badon Gwen abducted by Maelgwn Merlin dies, having taught his skills to Nimue.Incorporates major aspects of the corpus and adds the twist of Gwen bein The second book in the trilogy Goes up to Gwen and Arthur s 10th anniversary and Mordred s arrival at court She and Lancelot have declared their love, it it hasn t been consummated Morgause has been killed, Accolon has challenged Arthur, Tristan and Isolde, Elaine of Astolat Kevin returns as a priest Leodegrance dies Saxons defeated at Mt Badon Gwen abducted by Maelgwn Merlin dies, having taught his skills to Nimue.Incorporates major aspects of the corpus and adds the twist of Gwen being a pagan Celtic queen, but nothing new Doesn t really move me The relationships of Arthur, Gwendolyn, and Lancelot are throughly humanized in this tale, making them accessible in a new way For example, Gwen says of Arthur, I ll never cease to love you, I thought, though I may starve to death in the process 303 In a country still reeling from the collapse of the Roman Empire, the young King Arthur and his wife Guinevere struggle to keep the barbarians at bay even as they establish the Fellowship of the Round Table The spirited and outspoken Guinevere skillfully combats an accusation of planning to poison Arthur in a country simmering with unrest and scandal But Guinevere s greatest battles are dangers Arthur cannot see ones she ll have to fight on her own And all the while, she must reconcile her thirst for freedom with her duties as queen, and her growing love for Lancelot with her loyalty to her husband Vibrantly human and touchingly real, Guinevere reigns as a woman poised to discover the true peril and promise of the human heart I hate not finishing books or series, so I kept reading.