Queen Guinevere Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur by Mary Hoffman
  

Queen Guinevere Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur

Written by Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by Christina Balit

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Think of Camelot and it’s probably Arthur and his knights that come to mind – Lancelot, Gawain, Mordred and all who sat at the round table. But what of the women – the mothers, wives and daughters? Mary Hoffman retells their stories in her collection Queen Guinevere and Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur, and what stories they are, stories of power, love, courage, loyalty, bravery and magic, at least the equals for excitement of any of the stories of the men. It’s a collection that will thrill readers of all ages, and both sexes. Christina Balit’s dramatic illustrations match the tone perfectly.

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Synopsis

Queen Guinevere Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur by Mary Hoffman

A retelling of the tales surrounding Britain's legendary King Arthur, told from the perspective of eight women. Determined and resourceful, they drive the Camelot story through love, hate, intrigue, enchantment and tragedy as, one by one, their voices come swirling out of the mists of time.

When the messenger rode across our narrow bridge, I was looking out of a window. My blood seemed to stop its journey around my body when I saw the livery of Uther Pendragon. That's the second sight. All the women in our family have it to some extent...

In this dramatic retelling, based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Britain's legendary King Arthur and the tales surrounding him are viewed from the perspective of eight women. Determined and resourceful, they drive the Camelot story through love, hate, intrigue, enchantment and tragedy as, one by one, their voices come swirling out of the mists of time to tell their stories.

Reviews

'There were some very powerful women at Camelot and this book redresses the balance with all those heroic knights. Christina Balit's illustrations are pretty scary and characters like Morgan le Fay, Morgause and Nime will delight feisty girls.' Blackbird Pie

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written around 90 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, has sold over 1.5 million copies. Its sequel, Grace & Family, was among Junior Education 's Best Books of 1995 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Libraries Book Award 1996. Mary lives in Oxfordshire.

You can read her contributions to The History Girls blog by clicking here.

Mary Hoffman's Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me:



I didn't change my surname when I got married.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a garage mechanic.

My husband is half-Indian. His mother was a Parsee, born in Bangalore.

I am learning Italian and would love to have a house in Italy.

I never wear or own anything blue.

Photo by Jess Barber (©Jess Barber)

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Format

Hardback
72 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Mary Hoffman
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Author's Website

www.maryhoffman.co.uk

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Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th November 2015

ISBN

9781847807168

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