Dark Age Monarch

The Reign of King Arthur

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2022

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Description

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.

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...


A Note From the Publisher

Joseph J. Swope is an award-winning author, public relations professional, and photographer. Swope has studied Arthurian legends for most of his adult life and taught a university course on the subject. "Dark Age Monarch: The Reign of King Arthur" is his fifth book. Symbolic of his diverse interests (or very short attention span), each of his works represents a different genre.

Swope has worked nearly 40 years in both corporate and non-profit settings. He lives in Reading, Pennsylvania, and has seven children.

Joseph J. Swope is an award-winning author, public relations professional, and photographer. Swope has studied Arthurian legends for most of his adult life and taught a university course on the...


Advance Praise

"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

"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...


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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

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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.

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