Arthur the King: A Romance
A thrilling and highly original retelling of the Arthurian legend with a twist!
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So he summoned his counsellors, whomGeoffrey styles'magicians', even thoughitis clear from hisown account that these were ignorant andfoolish men who knew nothingof magic, whichisan artorcraft requiring deep studyto be mastered.
He called on a wise councillor, a certain Maugantius, concerning whom Geoffrey knew no more than his name, who spoke as follows. 'In thebooks written by our sages and in many histories,' he said, 'Ihave readof such mysterious births.
He knew a presentiment of doom, and thatnight Vortigern, Count oftheSaxon Shore, slipped from the camp, and took with him King Lot of Orkney andallhis men, forhesaw that, with Marcus overseas, he could secure the throne for himself.
In timethe messenger returnedto saythat the Holy Father knew no emperor, for the keys ofthe city had been given the Bishop to of Rome by the great Constantine himself; but that if the selfstyled Emperor hadcome asa pilgrim, ...
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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