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Guinevere by JessiBeans Guinevere by JessiBeans
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.

All Photoshop CS3 and my Preciousssssss
Image © Me!! 2007
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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 )
ShieraSeastar 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.
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.
ShieraSeastar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
No need to be crude.
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.
flynn1978 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Amazing work!!
teddy1406 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
So beautiful and delicate.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Lovely colors! Beautiful drawing of an often misunderstood literary character! :)
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
Dracolich007 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful!
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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