(From the publisher):
Arthur the King
revisits Britain in the dark years after the collapse of Rome, when the land is being ravaged by bitter struggles for power among warring kings. Or so it is until the arrival of Wart, a servant boy who has been tutored by a troupe of strolling players, most notorious of which is the politically astute magus Merlin.
Reinventing the legend of the sword in the stone, Massie replaces the magic in Merlin's wondrous deeds with natural philosophy and seeks out grittier truths as romance continually confronts the unheroic realities of Wart's transformation into the statesman-king Arthur. These include Arthur's marriage to Guinevere as a matter of political convenience; Lancelot, the sickly neurotic with little sense of honor; and Mordred hiding behind religious piety as he undermines Arthur's kingdom with a military dictatorship.
Original title: Arthur the King
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend→ Arthurian Legend