The Kingmaking (Paperback)
|Author: Helen Hollick|
|An exciting new talent delivers a gripping and imaginative retelling of the classic story of King Arthur. In this first installment, Arthur and Gwenhwyfar become pawns in a political triangle and Arthur is forced to choose between his kingship and the woman he loves.|
From the Publisher:
Who was THE MAN
"You are the Pendragon, rightful Lord of Dumnonia and the Summer Land; Lord of less Britain. By all that is right, you ought be seated where Vortigern sitsÂ?You ought to be King."
Here lies the truth of the Lord of the Summer Land.
This is the tale of Arthur flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man, both courageous and flawed, into the celebrated ruler who inspired armies, who captured Gwenhyfar's heart, and who emerged as the hero of the Dark Ages and the most enduring hero of all time.
This is the unexpected story of the making of a king Â? the legend who united all of Britain.
PRAISE FOR THE KINGMAKING
"If only all historical fiction could be this good."
"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great storyÂ?"
"Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting, and well worth fighting to defend."
"Compelling, convincing, and Â?ultimately-unforgettable."
In the first book of the Pendragon's banner series, Arthur begins as a 15-year-old youth and grows into a young king over the span of seven years.
Before Arthur was a legend, he was just a man. Before Gwenhwyfar was made a queen, she was just a woman. In this, the first part of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy, Ms. Hollick has relied on historians' meager findings to construct a classical and deeply researched story about Arthur as he truly might have been. "Kingmaking" starts when Arthur is 13, foster son to the great warlord, Uthr Pendragon. Already, Uthr's mistress Morgause and Arthur are at odds. Gwenhwyfar, the only daughter of the Welsh Lord Cunedda, is on the brink of womanhood. Her first encounter with Arthur is not romantic. He is young and teasing; she is jealous and spiteful. But that soon changes as they find a common bond and vow that if Arthur ever becomes King, Gwen will be his wife. But ambitious Arthur must acquire all he desires. He joins the enemy, King Vortigern, to spy, learn, and bide his time, while Gwen's father promises her in marriage to another. This sizeable novel is filled with a myriad of characters and leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next book. June/1996