Welcome to my world – a  patchwork realm where King Arthur and Guinevere, Merlin and Nimue, Lancelot and Morgan le Fey all rise in a blend of folklore and history, legend and archaeology, arcane research, dusty manuscripts and soaring lyrics.

Although I did not take early to reading, I was telling myself stories by the age of four and have been involved in word-slinging in one way or another ever since.

The result has been books and articles on all sorts of subjects, though these pages focus on Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the whole gaggle of Dark Age warriors the Bards sang of as the Knights of the Round Table.

Were the people of Camelot real?  The story of King Arthur and Camelot grew out of folktales long told by those doughty Celts who the Saxons chased into the Welsh mountains midway through the 6th Century A.D.  They might have been beaten by the barbarians, but they kept alive the stories of their last great leader who whupped ’em good and proper until dissention in Camelot brought down the last remnants of civilized rule.

Was there a place known as Camelot?  Well, it depends on when you look for it.  During the Middle Ages everyone throughout Europe was sure it was real, though they hadn’t the faintest idea of when it would have existed.  The Age of Reason saw it fall out of favor, only to be revived by the Romantics of the 19th Century. By the 20th Century fantasy reigned supreme (with some fine results) until the later decades when people like myself began to search for the origin of the story–and archaeological proof.

After spending eleven years in research and writing, my Guinevere Trilogy has returned Gwen and the whole wonderful, awe-full cast to their rightful time of origin–roughly the beginning of the 6th Century.

Clearly it was a remarkable coming together of people, time and circumstances which spawned a legend that has lasted for well-nigh 1400 years. Whether they actually lived or not, the stories have given us hope and mystery, tenderness and misunderstandings, tragedy and triumph aplenty and I’m delighted to tell the tales through Guinevere’s eyes. I hope you enjoy exploring it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

20 responses to “Home

  1. Persia! Love your website–and as you know, I’m a big fan of your Guinevere Trilogy!! I’m thrilled that they have now been reissued for a new generation of fans! Wonderful to see you online 🙂

  2. Persia, after much time and effort you have established a beautiful webstie that is sure to entrance your followers. I especially like the artwork and wallpaper.

    • Thanks, Ladies–your reactions really make me glad I spent the time to develop this thing. Way harder than writing a book! And while I did the bulk of the designing, it was Leigh Anne Lindsey who made it a reality.

  3. Anonymous

    Hi! Love your site, congratulations for your Trilogy! Are you thinking about publishing it in Spanish?

  4. Hello Persia,

    I discovered you through “How to Write and Sell Historical Fiction” and I’m glad I did. I’m halfway through it and am thoroughly enjoying the book. It struck me as somewhat serendipitous to discover you were writing a book based on the Sierra Nevada area. I’m also working on a book focusing on that location during the 1840s/1850s gold rush era.

    I was hoping to find a copy of Sierra, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Are you still in the process of writing it or was the project abandoned for another?

    Thank you for your time,

  5. Persia,
    I met you at the Bay Area Bloggers Society (over at O’Reilly) one rainy night in Sebastopol–must have been a year ago in spring.
    I would love to contact you privately about a writing project I am working on in relation to your Trilogy. If you have the chance, send me an email: to tania [@] taniapryputniewicz [dot] com.

  6. Barbara Chaney

    I’m in the process of rediscovering Guinevere and your novels. I read your Trilogy many years ago and can’t wait to read it again! I’ve also listened to your interview with Sharon Kay Penman. So happy you have a website and I look forward to your “trojan” novels of the four queens.

  7. Hi Persia,
    I am so thrilled to have found your these books in an electronic version. They are some of my all time favorites and I read them over and over again when I was younger. For various reasons I no longer have my hard copies, so to find these versions is a blessing. I was wondering if you think that there will ever be audio versions made of the Trilogy? I would buy those too!! 🙂

  8. Hi Persia, after blogging on WordPress.com for 4 years, I hit one little button that says “Find your Google friends on WP” and here I am like a magic charm. Just signed up for your updates too. Hugs, Deborah

  9. Just discovered our site. I am a King Arthur fan, so look forward to reading your books from the perspective of Guinevere.

  10. That was supposed to be “your” site, not “our” site. (Typing too fast)

  11. Anonymous

    I will miss you! Katherine

  12. Anonymous

    Persia passed away this morning.

  13. Judith

    so sorry Persia is gone. I knew her first as the wonderful, unconventional mother of a close friend in 7th grade when we lived in Hollywood in the late 1960s. I am now over sixty, and working as an independent studies teacher in a high school district in the Salinas Valley; I just assigned Persia”s trilogy to a student who is interested in legend and historical fiction.

  14. sunny lockwood

    So sad to learn of Persia’s passing. Knew her in the SF Bay Area when she was working on her first Guinevere book. Re-connected through Redwood Writers in Santa Rosa a few years back. She was both a friend and an inspiration. Full of ideas and encouragement. Great conversationalist. It’s clear that she was ready for the transition, but I shall miss her terribly.

  15. Caradoc

    Rest in Peace, Persia, you wonderful writer. So sad we’ll never know your novels on Trojan War, I know you were researching this ancient legends (and after reading your Guinevere books, I think you were the best choice for a retelling focusing on those awesome ladies from the Ancient World). My condolences and respects for the family. The Arthurian Legend fans will miss you so much, Persia!

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