Dark Age Monarch
The Reign of King Arthur
by Joseph J. Swope
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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2022
Arthurian tradition has followed two distinct paths. Medieval romance depicts the spectacular capital of Camelot and a land of armored knights, jousts, and fantastical adventures. More recent researchers have focused on identifying the real King Arthur, if such a person existed, in the early days of the Dark Ages. Dark Age Monarch: The Reign of King Arthur blends the two strands together in an inventive re-telling that maintains elements of the traditional tale but set in a historical perspective—with a bit of magic thrown into the mix.
Following the Roman exodus in the early 5th Century, Britain was fractured into petty fiefdoms that left the island vulnerable to foreign invaders. At a point where it appeared the Angles and Saxons would erase the British heritage, Arthur emerged as both a King and the Leader of Battles. His reign unified the land and preserved the Britons' way of life long enough to be remembered throughout history.
A Note From the Publisher
Swope has worked nearly 40 years in both corporate and non-profit settings. He lives in Reading, Pennsylvania, and has seven children.
"It's the goal of every author to transport the reader to another world. Joe Swope does this by mixing magic with wonder. He whips up an adventure with an intriguing style that is impossible to copy but easy to enjoy." –Tracy Ball, author of Civil Warriors
"Compelling storytelling." –Karen Boston, The Word Slayers
Average rating from 5 members
I found this mix of legend and history fascinating and appreciated the style of writing and the research.
An interesting read, recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Arthurian legend meets factual history. With this book you get an immense amount of historical context, while still having an exciting story. This isn’t necessarily one of my favorite types of writings, I can appreciate it. When it comes to the legend of King Arthur, I prefer the fanciful. That said, I learned a ton from the historical aspect of this book. It is clear the author went to great lengths in his research. For that I am thankful. While not necessarily the book for me, any a lover of the history that surrounds the legend of Arthur will definitely appreciate this novel. It is a gem.