Isolde's day has come. In Ireland, her mother, the Queen, lies
dying. The throne of the Emerald Isle, one of the last strongholds
of the goddess, awaits her. But while Ireland is her destiny,
Isolde is already Queen of Cornwall, trapped in a loveless marriage
to its mean-spirited King Mark. Her true love is his nephew,
Tristan of Lyonesse, who has never married, remaining faithful only
Across the sea in France, a young princess who shares Isolde's name
enters the story. King Hoel named his daughtor in honor of Isolde
of Ireland, and young Isolde of France has always been determined
to outdo her beautiful namesake. She is a physician, too, and is
called Blanche Mains, for her white hands and healing touch.
Blanche is of an age to be married, and she has chosen her husband
Tristan of Lyonesse. Her father objects, but fate favors Blanche.
King Mark has become suspicious of his wife and nephew, and when
Tristan is wounded in battle, he sees a chance to separate them for
Mark sends Tristan to France to be healed by Blanche, who makes the
most of the opportunity. Tristan's letters to Isolde are
intercepted, and he is told that she has given him up. Near death
from his wounds, Tristan sends one last, desparate letter to Isolde
by a trusted servant. He is dying, he tells her, and asks for one
final sign of their love. If she can forgive him for betraying her,
she must come to France in a ship set with white sails. If the
ship's sails are black, however, he will know that she no longer
loves him. Isolde immediately leaves for France, but when Blanche
sees the white-sailed ship from the castle window, she pulls the
curtains and tells Tristan that the sails are black. To her horror,
he turns his face to the wall and dies.
There ends the traditional medieval story of Tristan and Isolde
with betrayal, death, and grief. But the original Irish lengend
ends differently, and so does this book, wth magic and drama as
only Rosalind Miles could write it.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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