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Kings of Albion
Julian Rathbone

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Mar 01, 2001
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 384
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349113852
Price : 575

About the book
England, 1460: The War of the Roses. Rival factions - Lancastrians and Yorkists - are hacking each other to death in a conflict that only the English could name after a beautifully-scented flower. It's not an ideal climate for tourists - but three exotic travellers from the Far East are not here for pleasure. They've come to find a missing kinsman. The English, however, are truly strange. Most of the indigenous population are of the cowed peasant variety whilst any noble who can't trace his ancestry to Norman Conquest isn't, really, an awfully nice chap. In between battles of the most astonishing brutality they convey respects instead of affection, make love strangely (and briefly) and amuse themselves by playing a game with an inflated bladder that is in everyway a war except it's called 'footie'. The Indians think they're mad. They also have this horrible suspicion that one day they will rule the world...A wonderfully offbeat take on medieval England at its most brutal and savage, KINGS OF ALBION snatches history, imbues it with the spirit of Rider Haggard and Joseph Conrad, turns it on its head, invites scintillating speculation and, best of all, renders it into a fabulously readable novel.
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'Julian Rathbone's follow up to the bestselling LAST ENGLISH KING is a hugely enjoyable amble into a most gruesome period of history' THE TIMES 'The Wars of the Roses never seemed so strange - or so real ... The result is a historical novel of charm and intelligence' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A superb adventure story. The battle scenes combine excitement with an overwhelming squalor, and there are moments of real tragedy and pathos' INDEPENDENT
     
Julian Rathbone
Julian Rathbone is the author of many books including JOSEPH (reissued in Abacus in November 1999) and KING FISHER LIVES, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Dorset.
Books by Julian Rathbone
A Very English Agent (PB)
Birth of a Nation (PB)
Joseph (PB)
The Last English King (PB)
The Mutiny (HB)
The Mutiny (PB)