The Once and Future Queen (Non-fiction)

Shortlisted for:

  • Chanticleer Reviews Instruction and Insight Non-Fiction Book Awards 2017

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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“I could not wait to get my hands on this book…I want to hug the author breathless. 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!” – Stacey, book blogger, Pursuing Stacie

“An in-depth and well-researched look into the role Guinevere plays in the story of Arthur and Camelot, as well as her role as queen, a woman, and an individual. Nicole Evelina is clearly passionate about the topic and brings to light several aspects of the legendary queen’s evolution over time. It’s an intriguing concept to see such a notable character, mostly known for either her relationship with Arthur or her affair with Lancelot, as her own independent character.” –  Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite (5-star review)

“Arthurian buffs [will] find use for Evelina’s study as a readers’ advisory tool.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Formats: ebook, paperback
Publisher: Lawson Gartner publishing

  • 978-0-9967632-2-6 (print)
  • 978-0-9967632-3-3 (ebook)