Dark Ages -- fiction

The Kingmaking

By Helen Hollick

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As the rightful son of Uther Pendragon, Arthur dreams of uniting the warring kings of Britain. Gwenhwyfar's hope, as the only daughter of Cuncedda, the Lion Lord of Gwynedd, is to join Arthur's cause. Hollick's first novel re-creates the uneasy political climate of fifth-century Britain, a land suffering under the rule of the tyrant Vortigern.
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In the Shadow of the Oak King

By Courtway Jones

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A new variation on the Arthurian tale, this version invents a new, older half-brother for Arthur and a brutal, tribal Britain as a setting. Jones's details of life and culture reflect his interest in anthropology and give the novel vivacity. Pelleas, a bastard of Uther's and intended for sacrifice to the Oak King, god of the druids, is saved by Myrddin and survives to help raise his younger half-brother.
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Merlin's Bones

By Fred Saberhagen

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Dr. Elaine Brusen's research into the nature of time and space opens a gateway connecting the 21st century with England's post-Arthurian Dark Ages. This creates a nexus of magical energy that centers on the resting place of one of legendary history's most powerful individuals. Saberhagen juxtaposes the perils of a wandering troupe of medieval actors, a Viking warrior's holy quest, the legend of the Fisher King, and a modern scientist's search for the ultimate truth to create an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure, danger, and time-travel.

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