Year of publication: 1971
Sequence of author: The dolphin ring cycle(№5)
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SWORD AT SUNSET
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Sword at Sunset Rosemary Sutcliff JUST as the saga of Charlemagne and his paladins is the Matter of France, so for fourteen hundred years or so, the Arthurian Legend has been the Matter of Britain. A tradition at first, then a hero-tale gathering to itself fresh detail and fresh glories and the rainbow colors of romance as it went along, until with Sir Thomas Malory it came to its fullest flowering. But of late years historians and anthropologists have come more and more to the belief that the Matter of Britain is indeed “matter and not moonshine.” That behind all the numinous mist of pagan, early Christian and medieval splendors that have gathered about it, there stands the solitary figure of one great man. No knight in shining armor, no Round Table, no many-towered Camelot; but a Romano-British war leader, to whom, when the Barbarian darkness came flooding in, the last guttering lights of civilization seemed worth fighting for. Sword at Sunset...