Guinevere


  1. Guinevere
    Guenevere

    Wife of Arthur and Queen of Britain. [More]


  2. Guinevere
    Lady of the Chapel

    An ancestor of Perceval.

    Her daughterís lover murdered Guinevereís husband and framed Guinevere for the murder. Guinevereís four sons walled her up in a chapel. God made the tomb holy, and all who visited it were healed of wounds or disease. Galahad, Perceval, and Bors visited the chapel at the conclusion of the Grail Quest.


  3. Guinevere the False
    Guenevere

    The identical half-sister of Guinevere (I have chosen to call her Genievre), fathered by Leodegan (Leodegrance) on the wife of Cleodalis, his seneschal.

    Leodeganís enemies conspired to replace the true Guinevere with the false Guinevere on Arthurís wedding night, but Merlin learned of the plan and commissioned Sir Ulfin and Sir Bretel (Brithael) to stop it. Years later, Guinevere the False formed an alliance with Bertelay (Bertholai), an old knight who had been expelled from Leodeganís court for murder. They sent a message to Arthur proclaiming that Guinevere the False was the true queen, and that Arthur had been living with an impostor since his wedding night.

    Arthur decreed a judicial trial between Gawain and Bertelay, but before it could take place, the False Guinevere captured and imprisoned Arthur. Arthur succumbed to a love potion, returned to court, and proclaimed Guinevere the False queen. Lancelot championed the real queen against three of Bertelayís knights to prove her innocence.

    In the non-cyclical Lancelot do Lac, Bertelay and the False Guinevere then admit their guilt and are burned. According to the Vulgate Lancelot, Lancelot and the true Guinevere fled Arthurís court for Sorelois, where they lived for several years before Guinevere the False perished of an illness, confessing on her death bed.