Guinevere – A Medieval Puzzle

Images of Arthur's Queen in the Medieval Literature of England and France

1. Edition, 2005
441 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5012-3
Product: Book
Edition: Softcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: Anglistische Forschungen, Volume No.: 345
Available: 16.03.2005

Keywords: Romanzen, Mittelenglisch, Artusepik, Ginover, Artussage, Frauen im Mittelalter, Guinevere

Despite her prominence, Guinevere is still largely reduced to her role in the Arthurian Triangle. Proceeding from a review of scholarship to a new look at all extant material, this book challenges the traditional concept, uncovering and explaining the extreme diversity of concepts and currents. It testifies to mysogyny, mariolatry, and pagan magic, to archetypes, stereotypes, and double standards, but primarily to an intense interest in a woman’s fate. A mute consort acquires a voice, a mind, and the power to act. Encompassing all of a woman’s scope and much of a man’s, Guinevere is a mirror of past legend and contemporary reality, and a medieval vision of female emancipation and the beginnings of individuality.

Kathleen Coyne Kelly in: Speculum, 4/07, 415f

in: Bibliography of the International Arthurian Society, LVIII (2006), 42f [61]

Amy L. Ingram in: Vox Romanica, 65 (2006), 212f

Chatherine J Batt in: Modern Language Review, 102.2, 2007, 468f

Heiko Fiedler-Rauer in: IASL online,