Arthur the King: A Romance
A thrilling and highly original retelling of the Arthurian legend with a twist!
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He paidno heed to themurmurs ofthe crowd, which, however, now fell silent, in hushed anticipation, as when a champion of renown enters the lists. He brushed Sir Kay aside and approached the stone. He looked hard at the sword.
looked hard at the sword. He lifted his narrow black eyes to the heavens and his lips moved, as if perhaps he mouthed a prayer. He spat twice on his right hand and seized hold of the richly decorated hilt.
He summoned his stonemasonsand set themto work at the site hehadselected in the mountains of northWales. But, Geoffrey tells us, when theybeganto lay thefoundations of their tower, however much theybuiltin one day wasswallowed up ...
If,however, he expectedthe boyto display terror at the thought of his imminent death, hewasdisappointed; Merlin smiled, grimlywe maysuppose, and said, 'Call your magicianshere ...
... the priests who served the Britons at the time when the Roman legions first penetrated these isles. ... foretold the future and conducted human sacrifices at the twosolstices and, as some authorities assert,atthe full moonalso.
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ARTHUR THE KINGUser Review - Kirkus
Historical novelist Massie unrolls the familiar knightly yarns with some fresh, unusual twists.Offering a vaguely postmodern take not merely on Arthur himself but on the whole of British history, the ... Read full review