Gainor, Gainovere, Ganora, Gaynor, Gaynore, Genever, Genievre, Genoyre, Ginevra, Ginover, Gonnore, Guanhumara, Guendoloena, Gueneour, Gueneuora, Guenevera, Guenevere, Guenhumara, Guenievre, Guenivere, Guenloie, Guenore, Guinevere, Guenoivre, Guineure, Guinievre, Gunnore, Gveneoure, Gvenour, Gwendoloena, Gwenhumare, Gwenhwfar, Gwenhwyfar, Gwenhwyvar, Gwennor, Gwenore, Gwinore, Gyennevre, Jennifer, Jenover, Ntzenebra, Vanora, Vanour, Velivera, Wander, Wanore, Waynor, Wenneveria, Zenevra, Zenibra, Zinevra
King Arthur's wife, Queen of Britain.
- Background of Guenevere / Guinevere
- Becoming a Queen
- The Invading Kings
- The Flower Bride
- Lancelot and Guenevere
- The Poisoned Apple
- The False Guenevere
- Abduction Stories
- Guenevere's Sentence
- The Abbess Queen
- The Character
When Guenevere was captured by Meliagrant, on the way into Gore she either lost her comb or left it behind as a marker. I would incline toward the latter interpretation, since the comb lay clearly visible on a stone slab near a spring in the middle of a meadow. The comb was of glided ivory, very fine, and still had some of the queen's hairs in it. 'Portia' at first tried unobrusively to keep Lancelot from spotting it.
When he did, and she told him whose it was (I remain uncertain how 'Portia' herself knew this), he ecstatically cherished the hairs but let his guide keep the comb. It could be thinking more like a modern than a medieval mind to wonder why it apparently never occured to this devout lover that the object of his undying adoration might appreciate getting such a fine and valuable personal item back from his hand.
In the poem Sir Gawain and Sir Galeron of Galloway (fifteenth century), the ghost of this lady appeared to Arthur, Guenevere and Gawain. She advised them not to be proud.
This shield showed an armed knight and a beautiful lady embracing, but separated by a cleft down the middle, the cleft being wide enough for a person to place one hand through it without touching either side. The French Damsel of the Lake sent the shield to Guenevere, to help her in the greatest pain and cause her the greatest joy. The cleft in the shield was to close when the knight had gained the lady's complete love and dubbed by Arthur and had already pledged his love in person to Guenevere, Lancelot was still adventuring around the country.
During the siege of La Roche, the crack was closed. While Arthur was Camille's prisoner in that castle, the French Damsel of the Lake came to counsel Guenevere to love Lancelot with all her heart. After the fighting, Lancelot finally became a member of Arthur's court.
Guenevere gave Lancelot a sleeve of gold to wear on his helmet at tournaments so that his kinsmen would know him. Lancelot apparently wore it from then on. What else could he do, after not only wearing Elaine of Astolat's sleeve at the tournament of Winchester, but being grievously wounded by his cousin Sir Bors, who did not know him, in the same tourney? All of this had caused Guenevere to insist he now take her token.