Morgan le Fay
Morgan le Fay is the neglected daughter of the Duke of Cornwall and his beautiful wife Ygerne. Her childhood is tragically altered when King Uther Pendragon sets eyes on her mother. He kills her adored father. By Merlyn's magic, he enters the convent of Tintagel and tricks Ygerne into giving him a child. Morgan's upbringing, and that of her sisters, is in the hands of their nurse. Gwennol is a wise woman, who teaches them her craft. But she soon realises that Morgan will become far more powerful in magic than herself. How will Morgan react when the baby Arthur is born?
The teenage Luned left her farm with the dream of becoming a scholar-nun on Tintagel. Her hard-won success is now thrown into danger by the arrival of a bitter nine-year-old. Accused of trying to kill her baby brother Arthur, Morgan is imprisoned on this island nunnery. Luned is appointed her guardian. The Abbess Bryvyth battles for Morgan's soul. But Tintagel is visited secretly by Morgan's nurse Gwennol, a wise woman of the Old Religion. Luned herself is endangered as she is caught up in the struggle between them. She is coming ever more surely under Morgan's power. As she grows towards womanhood, Morgan must decide how to use that power.
Teilo is a Cumbrian blacksmith, high in the secret Old Religion. When his young king Urien marries an unknown princess from Cornwall, he sees that Morgan is another of his kind. He forms an ambition to link her power to his. But he fatally misunderstands Morgan's desire to hold the balance between male and female, pagan and Christian, death and life. His life is irrevocably shattered by that mistake. Running wild in the forest, he comes upon Merlyn and young Arthur. Yet Morgan's power is summoning him back. Will this put Arthur in danger at the very outset of his career?
The young bard Taliesin comes to the court of King Urien and Queen Morgan. His dream is to make an immortal song about the deeds of King Arthur. His fear is that he was born too late. Arthur is ageing. He uncovers the dark secret of the birth of Morgan's foster-son, Modred. He aches for both, as Morgan tries to bring Arthur and Modred together. But treachery has already been done. The song Taliesin sings may be of Arthur's last battle.
'I am Morgan the Fay. The wicked witch, the embodiment of evil. And yet. I am the queen who takes Arthur in my arms for healing. Some editing of the story will clearly be necessary.' Morgan stands by Dozmary Pool after the Battle of Camlann, pleading with the dying Arthur to trust her. Only she can heal him. Is her price too high? As she retraces the bitterness and misunderstanding between them, she throws new light on the tales which the first four narrators have told. But that's not all. There have been countless other versions of her story, from prehistoric myths to contemporary novels. With scornful irony Morgan show us how their authors have changed her from a wise and healing ruler to a malignant sorceress and derided temptress. Can Arthur see the truth in time?