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Beric the Briton

Author(s): Henty, George A Pages: 383
Publisher: Scribner Date of Publication: 1892
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Brit Period: 61 AD (Code: 7b5)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Roman Invasion of Britain. 'Beric, who is a boy-chief of a British tribe, takes a prominent part in the insurrection under Boadicea; and after the defeat of that heroic queen (in A.D. 62) he continues the struggle in the fen-country. Ultimately Beric is defeated and carried captive to Rome, where he is trained in the exercise of arms in a school of gladiators. Such is the skill which he there acquires that he succeeds in saving a Christian maid by slaying a lion in the arena, and is rewarded by being made librarian in the palace, and the personal protector of Nero. Finally he escapes from this irksome service, organizes a band of outlaws in Calabria, defies the power of Rome, and at length returns to Britain, where he becomes a wise ruler of his own people.' (blurb courtesy of Barbara Haney in LatinTeach)
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Rating: 7th gr (HzB)

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