The Singing Sword

The Singing Sword

Book - 1996
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We know the legends: Arthur brought justice to a land that had known only cruelty and force; his father, Uther, carved a kingdom out of the chaos of the fallen Roman Empire; the sword Excalibur, drawn from stone by England's greatest king.

But legends do not tell the whole tale. Legends do not tell of the despairing Roman soldiers, abandoned by their empire, faced with the choice of fleeing back to Rome, or struggling to create a last stronghold against the barbarian onslaughts from the north and east. Legends do not tell of Arthur's great-grandfather, Publius Varrus, the warrior who marked the boundaries of a reborn empire with his own shed blood; they do not tell of Publius's wife, Luceiia, British-born and Roman-raised, whose fierce beauty burned pale next to her passion for law and honor.

With The Camulod Chronicles , Jack Whyte tells us what legend has forgotten: the history of blood and violence, passion and steel, out of which was forged a great sword, and a great nation. The Singing Sword continues the gripping epic begun in The Skystone : As the great night of the Dark Ages falls over Roman Britain, a lone man and woman fight to build a last stronghold of law and learning--a crude hill-fort, which one day, long after their deaths, will become a great city . . . known as Camelot.

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, c1996
ISBN: 9780765304582
0765304589
Branch Call Number: FIC Whyte 6939
Characteristics: 383 p. :,map. --

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ScrollAdore Jul 17, 2013

Camulod #2

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Mar 22, 2011

A worthwhile read into UK folklore. Excellent character development and story content. Roman, Brit, Saxon, Dane, Scots, and Irish (the wild people) glimpse from a master historical fiction author. Very highly recommended.

hermlou Jul 23, 2010

2nd book in the "Dream of Eagles" series. Whyte continues the story of a colony in medieval England trying to defend itself and to make laws. He describes warfare as though he lived in that time, and he shows the change in strategy as larger horses and longer swords are needed. The story is told through ironsmith Publius Varrus, whose oldest daughter marries the son of the Celtic king Ullic. Fascinating mixture of war and politics, for England is Roman in these years. Varrus has a friend Caius, a Roman senator, whose son found favor with the regent of the Emperor Honorius. History comes to life!

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SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

King Arthur's great-grandfather, Publius Varrus, and his wife, Luceiia, struggle desperately to protect their land from the barbarian hordes threatening to overrun the last remnants of Roman civilization in Britain.

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