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Guinevere -- derived from the Welsh-Gaelic for "white fairy" or "white ghost", King Arthur's queen consort from the Arthurian Legend, lover of Lancelot and later forced into a convent.

I've always thought Guinevere got the worst end of all the nonsense in the Arthurian legends. She was such a wonderful, independent woman, a Queen of the Summer Country in her own right and then men come along and kidnap her and claim her and all manner of other nonsense. And why is it so awful that she had an affair with Lancelot (who was dashing and lovely anyway)? Do you know who Arthur had an affair with? His sister. So there.

To me she seemed more the elusive white fairy, something more tied to nature and the etherial, trapped for the time being, but ultimately untamable and timeless.

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Guinevere by *tattereddreams is how I would imagine Guinevere to have appeared before her marriage to Arthur. Sweet, innocent, and unsuspecting of her future which would be torn between the man she married and the one she truly loved. A beautiful tribute to her legend. ( Suggested by nighty and Featured by cosmosue )
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
This is so beautiful. I really see you put lot of work here.  Guinevere is interesting character-it all got messed up in retellings. Arthur's affair was before marriage and he didn't know who was Morgause. Guinevere, depending on version, either was falsely accused or slept with every man that would get her power.
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Mad-Willy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely.
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nellethiel-aranel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Guinevere is wonderful and this artwork is beautiful but I simply cannot support your claim that it is okay for Guinevere to have betrayed her husband. I think Arthur and Guinevere were both wrong to cheat; cheating is a horrible thing to do.
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ShiroAgeha Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get why Guinevere gets all the hate. Arthur had several affairs, not just the one with his sister. Why couldn't Guinevere have her measly one?

Oh, right, because she has breasts and female genitalia.
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nellethiel-aranel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
No need to be crude.
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ShiroAgeha Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crudeness and frankness tread similar lines.  I'm not going to shy away from being frank because of the overlap.
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flynn1978 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Amazing work!!
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teddy1406 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
So beautiful and delicate.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Lovely colors! Beautiful drawing of an often misunderstood literary character! :)
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deathpuppet13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i'm not exactly a fan of Guinevere, she didn't even try to hide what she was doing with Lancelot and didn't really care that she broke Arthur's heart. good drawing though
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Dracolich007 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful!
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saphirestorm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Just beautiful and you are right she does get the crappy end of the stick but technically she never had an affair with Lancelot at least to them it wasn't considered an affair she was a strong woman in her own right and from the research I had done some years ago as such she could take whomever she desired to her bed but with the predominance of priests changing the old legends to better suit their own religion she was turned into some harlot which she never was, I remember before I did my research I used to hate Guinevere because I felt she betrayed Arthur and then after I felt so bad because this woman did not deserve what they did to her. As for Arthur sleeping with his sister it always felt a little Egyptian dynasty to me.
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saphirestorm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Just beautiful and you are right she does get the crappy end of the stick but technically she never had an affair with Lancelot at least to them it wasn't considered an affair she was a strong woman in her own right and from the research I had done some years ago as such she could take whomever she desired to her bed but with the predominance of priests changing the old legends to better suit their own religion she was turned into some harlot which she never was, I remember before I did my research I used to hate Guinevere because I felt she betrayed Arthur and then after I felt so bad because this woman did not deserve what they did to her. As for Arthur sleeping with his sister it always felt a little Egyptian dynasty to me.
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Writer
The soft colours are just stunning.
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Zumea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she's beautiful:)
and while i believe you should be faithful to your spouse, back in the old days you married to improve your status not because you loved someone, the trick was to not get caught.
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Blewmethod Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
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I love you!
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ElizabethEyre Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Writer
King Arthur had sex with Morgan Le Fay before he married Guinevere.
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Velaad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Arthur was actually deceived by Le Fay into thinking he was sleeping with his wife, Guinevere. And her adulterous affair with Lancelot brought death and misery to Camelot and the kingdom, so it was pretty awful and she deserved whatever she got.
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ShiroAgeha Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ignorance, pure and simple. Camelot's downfall was actually due to the son borne of the incestuous union between Arthur and Morgause. The events perpetuated by the affair simply served as a pretext for Mordred's coup. He would have attempted takeover either way.
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nellethiel-aranel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Oh, shut your trap. Mordred is to blame for the downfall of Camelot, not Guinevere, but Arthur's actions do NOT excuse Guinevere's betrayal.
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ShiroAgeha Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guinevere's betrayal was predated by several affairs on Arthur's part.  I hope you aren't implying that Guinevere is the only one in the wrong- neither party is guiltless, and I am of the opinion that being faithful to a faithless partner is self-effacing and stupid- something Guinevere, historically, was not.
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Zousha Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you wanna get REALLY technical, it wasn't with Morgan le Fay but with Arthur's OTHER half-sister, Queen Morgause of Orkney. She and Morgan often get combined into a gestalt character in modern interpretations. And while, yes, Guinevere's affair was the beginning of the end for Camelot, really it was doomed from the beginning because of how Arthur was born. Morgause deliberately got pregnant from her half-brother to sire Mordred because she wanted revenge for Uther Pendragon's rape of her mother. So, yeah, Guinevere kind of was asking for it with her affair, but it's not like her role in Camelot's destruction was that big. The whole thing was bound for death and misery right from the start because of Uther.
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student
I absolutely adore the colouration of her skin and the dress.. I love when artists put so much colour into white instead of making it stark :D
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Tryrei Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Half-sister. Morgan Le Fay was Arthur's half-sister... not that I'm an expert on this or anything.
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Flowers4Ophelia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Lovely!
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Linuscat07 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
In Rosemary Sutcliff's Arthurian novel, "Sword At Sunset", she postulates that Arthur owed the druids a favor and they wanted his new queen for a ceremony. To pay the debt, he gave her into their keeping. When she returned the next morning, she was not the same; would never be the same. She never said what she had witnessed or what had been done to her, but the romantic love she had for her husband was over. Your picture of her still captures her in her innocence, yet the erotic longing she will produce in men is evident from her expression and the incredibly lovely, yet sexy gown. The wreath upon her head suggests her ties to the druids and the old ways.
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sweetlover29 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Beautiful!
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SilverAqua Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
beautiful!
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throughXvioletXeyes Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Mmm... well. I'll say now that the art itself is very nice.. but.. Arthur wasn't AWARE he was with his sister you know.. and he was forced in the first place (magic spell). So that.. really wasn't his fault.
She.. on the other hand.. was well.. a bit of a brat. She matured near the end but for most of it.. well.. she was kinda.. selfish.
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Basmah999 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
simply beautiful! my only complaint is that her hands look a little unfinished
however she is still gorgeous, and completely deserving of a DD
xx
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
great concept and execution of that concept
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LittleMissNoface Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student General Artist
so smooth ^^
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tobleronetanz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
if this didn't look like a porn trace-over her "innocence" might be more effective.
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Stress-bucket Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
She's soooo pretty!!!!!!!!!
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pandamonium-123 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Student General Artist
gorgeous =]
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kassidian Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
love the way you drew this. its very stunning in it's own way. simple yet stunning. =]
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gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Isn't it true though that Arthur didn't find out until after the fact it was his sister?
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BubblesofBubbleland Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
How long did it take you to make this?
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ihartsnape Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Student General Artist
Gorgeous piece! I love your take on this timeless character; ethereal, beautiful, and full of grace.
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SithLordLiisa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my... if I could I would love to have a dress like that to get married in. *sigh*

It's lovely done, amasing.
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Waziyata Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I think that you write very well.I never thought about how women view the characters from arthurian legend and Greek mythology. Like Guinevere, the Medusa also seems to have been given a raw deal and more fatal than that of the lady of Camelot.
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Ange-Noir210 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student General Artist
Read Mists of Avalon, it will make you HATE her, and then read The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt, it will make you love her again, because unlike in the mists of avalon she's not a stupid wet sop who is way to pious. i love your affair comment too, lol, too true
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore that she's so pale... White Shadow and all that. BEAUTIFUL.
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x-Yuri-chan-x Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! <3
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CindTheSarkany Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I never knew th meaning of her name before! I love Arthurian Legend and i love your set of images
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peel-a-banana Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
The pic is very beautiful, I get cofused with the Arthur legend because they are so many different accounts. Many do not have Lancelot in them at all he was made up MUCH later & added, & Gwen did not have an affair with lance she had one with Mordred or some such charater believed to be Mordred & later it was change to lancelot if she had an affair at all (Some she never did).

As to why it was a big deal that she had an affair DNA to bring question into if a prince was really the king's son was to put the country into war. Gwen worked hard to make the kingdom with Arthur (which is why I don't believe she would have an affair) yet she destroyed with perfect knowlegde that it would happen, in dispair of what she done she went WILLINGLY into the convent. (Or fled to her fathers keep or died of a broken heart ect.)

As for Arthur & his sister (super sick) relationships & even marriages between brother & sister were common, it happened before his marriage not during. But remember for every version of these people it is a story, & stories are made to teach. If you choose to follow the stories that involve an affair with lancelot remember Arthur was her great love & she was a great queen.
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful; so soft.
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BlackDelphin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh you captured the anatomy details so well :clap:
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outward Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
What an interesting interpretation of Gwenivere!

Admittedly, I always resented the relationship between Gwen and Lancelot until I read the Once and Future King. Now I both admire and forgive them, and she is definitely one of the most interesting female characters in Arthurian Legend.

This is a beautiful representation of a beautiful character, and I've VERY pleased to have stumbled upon it!
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HappyHatty Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Beautiful :aww::heart:
Wow I never knew Arthur had an affair with his sister :noes:
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