Watch Two Ancient Lovers Defy Destiny in Rosalind Miles’ “Tristan And Isolde” Trilogy
Rosalind Miles’ Tristan and Isolde trilogy is a great blend of Arthurian literature, mythology, and history. Unlike some other Arthurian novels that attempt to set the ancient characters firmly within the confines of history, Miles blurs the lines and weaves an entertaining love story from the blend of fact and fiction.
While the trilogy is primarily a re-telling of a famous tragic love story from the Arthurian legends, Miles makes sure her characters are well-rounded. The readers get to watch as Isolde goes from bratty princess to a strong-willed Queen while Tristan morphs from an immature boy desperate to prove himself to the brave knight that we all know and love.
Miles doesn’t forget to add the traditional supernatural elements as well, such as the famous love potion, but instead she uses it as a metaphor for the worship of the Great Mother that was so prevalent before the rise of Christianity. She also takes the tragic ending and turns it on its head, which gives the ancient legend new life and leaves her readers with hope. Even Tristan’s evil Uncle manages to find some bit of redemption at the end, and Miles is careful to point out that he wasn’t born evil, he was turned into a monster by circumstance.
In the end, Rosalind Miles’s Tristan and Isolde trilogy shows how a skilled author can blend two very contradicting sides and transform the muddle into a fascinating novel.