Guinevere

Like all of Arthurian legend, many stories of Guinevere exist, but the one that we know most of all is Guinevere as the wife of King Arthur of Camelot.

Guinevere was the daughter of King Leodegrance and after a chance meeting, she was to marry Arthur. He would now have someone with which to share his life and kingdom.

Merlin warned Arthur against the marriage. He informed Arthur, that he believed Guinevere would bring misery to his life and be unfaithful to him, however Arthur was captivated by Guinevere’s beauty and could do nothing but marry her, but Merlin’s warning would come back to haunt him.

Sir Lancelot was one of Arthur’s most loyal and wise knights, and his confidante, however this loyalty was to fail him. Lancelot was to fall in love with Queen Guinevere.

This romance developed over time with Guinevere and Lancelot forming a closeness that finally developed into a love affair. They tried to keep the affair secret, but both speculation and suspicion developed.

Sir Meliagrance accused Lancelot of having an affair with the queen. He denied this and to restore both his and Guinevere’s reputation, he fought Meliagrance, cutting his head in half.

Even after this confrontation, rumours of an affair continued.

Finally, Arthur stormed Lancelot’s castle to confront him, and Lancelot was exiled to France, eventually living out the remainder of his life as a hermit.

Although Arthur’s love for Guinevere was great, he sentenced her to be burned at the stake for adultery, however this did not take place and she was to live out the rest of her life as a nun.

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