Women of the Round Table
A novel of love and betrayal set against the historical backdrop of the Wars of the Roses.
London, 1485. William Caxton, the first English printer, has just published the Morte D’arthur, Thomas Malory’s definitive collection of Arthurian romances. Later that day, Elizabeth Wydeville, now the Dowager Queen, visits him in secret. She has information about both the book and Malory, who died 16 years earlier. Elizabeth tells her story, which takes in her flawed and much-criticised marriage to Edward IV, and her fiery relationship with her childhood friend, Elayne.
Both Elizabeth and Elayne influence Malory in his writing of the Morte D’Arthur, and each lays claim to its most popular and intriguing tale: the Story of the Grail.