The Mistletoe and Sword: a Story of Roman Britain by Anya Seton
Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1955. First edition. 253 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm. $2.50 dust jacket. However, jacket is a bit tattered. Lean to spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is a bit weak.
THE MISTLETOE AND SWORD
A STORY OF ROMAN BRITAIN
by Anya Seton
ANYA SETON, author of the best selling Katherine, turns her talents as storyteller and researcher to adventure and romance in Roman Britain of A.D. 60.
This is the story of QUINTUS TULLIUS, Standard Bearer with the Ninth Roman Legion — serving in Britain — haunted by a quest for the bones of his grandfather, who died seventeen years before in "the place of the golden tree and stony circle"; and of REGAN, beautiful and mysterious, foster daughter of BOADICEA, the Warrior Queen of the Icenians — instigator of the historic and bloody rebellion of the British tribes against Rome; of CONN LEAR, the Arch Druid-Prophet and Leader of all the Druids — in whose "room of the live oak" at Stonehenge, Quintus mysteriously loses a day out of his life; of CATUS, the brutal Procurator of the Emperor Nero; of PETILLIUS, Quintus* well-loved general; of VALERIANUS, the mad Roman general in the West; of BRAN, strange, ape-like, and dumb — Quintus* guide on his mission to the Druid country in the West; and many others.
With its suspenseful battle, scenes, its mysticism and romance, THE MISTLETOE AND SWORD is an absorbing tale that makes this little-known period of history excitingly contemporary.
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