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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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.

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'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 over 100 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, and its sequels has sold over 1.5 million copies. As well as the successful Stravaganza sequence of teenage novels, translated into over thirty languages, The Great Big Books series of information books for younger readers, illustrated by Ros Asquith has done very well. The first, The Great Big Book of Families, won the inaugural SLA Information Book Award in the under 7s category.

Mary loves to write historical fiction and her books for Bloomsbury - The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour and David - have been followed by Shakespeare’s Ghost and now The Ravenmaster’s Boy. She runs a widely-read blog called The History Girls: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com

Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association (CILIP) and lives in Oxfordshire.

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Hardback
72 pages

Author

Mary Hoffman
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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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