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Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages

Author(s): Powys, John Cowper Pages: 682
Publisher: Macdonald Date of Publication: 1951
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Brit Period: 499 AD (Code: 9c)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: 'takes the reader back to a misty historical period with, nevertheless, a very precise time reference; 499 A.D., a period, again of crisis and transition. The Romanised and aboriginal inhabitants of Britain are on the verge of a Germanic invasion led by the Saxon Colgrim. The relevance to the experience of World War II is clear; the foster-brothers Porius and Rhun, and Porius's affianced bride Morfydd, the daughter of Brochvael, a classical scholar, rise to the challenge of this period of cultural crisis. The marriage of Porius and Morfydd is meant to cement together the two warring Celtic tribes and secure the allegiance of the 'Derwydd' or Druid, the most ancient of the aboriginal characters. Other actors in the novel include an unusual version of Merlin (Myrdinn Wyllt), part pastoral nature god and part magician, who is in the thrall of Nineue; the 'Amherawdr' or emperor Arthur is a Romanised character.' (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers, 530)
Unique Qualities: A Glastonbury romance by same author (see Arthurian booklist) is not pertinent

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