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Great Captains, The

Author(s): Treece, Henry Pages: 254
Publisher: Bodley Head Date of Publication: 1956
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Brit Period: 5th cent AD (Code: 9c)
Rome Setting: n Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: ÒÉ an inspired, realistic portrayal of Arthurian legend, É a tour de force. Artos, the Celtic chieftain, is presented as a complex figure, half-savage yet a champion of Romano-British civilization against the invading Saxons. His doomed, heroic stand against the inevitable barbarian triumph is superbly evoked, TreeceÕs vision of a desolate, ruined Britain living on in the mind,Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers) --- ÒThis is another sort of Celtic late Roman novel with characters such as Artos the Bear/Artorius, dux bellorum, Bedwyr, Cie, Medrawt, and Drostan. An excellent story, but not one for the squeamish.Ó (Arthurian Booklist)
Unique Qualities: pb: Crest, 1959
Rating: Ò[ArthurÕs] doomed, heroic stand against the inevitable barbarian triumph is superbly evoked...Ó (20th-Cent. Hist. Writers) ÒAn excellent story, but not one for the squeamish.Ó (Arthurian Booklist)

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