The Saxon Shore

The Saxon Shore

Book - 1999
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Merlyn Britannicus and Uther Pendragon---the Silver Bear and the Red Dragon---are the leaders of the Colony, lifeblood to the community from which will come the fabled Camulod.

But soon their tranquility is in ruins, Uther lies dead from treachery, and all that is left of the dream is the orphaned babe Arthur. Heir to the Colony of Camulod, born with Roman heritage as well as the blood of the Hibernians and the Celts, Arthur is the living incarnation of the sacred dream of his ancestors: independent survival in Britain amidst the ruins of the Roman Empire.

When Arthur is adopted by Merlyn Britannicus, an enormous responsibility is placed on Merlyn's shoulders. Now he must prepare young Arthur to unify the clans of Britain and guard the mighty sword Excalibur.
And, above all, Merlyn must see that Arthur survives to achieve the rest of his ancestors' dreams, in spite of the deadly threats rumbling from the Saxon Shore.

"Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte's Camulod series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages."-- The Washington Post

Publisher: New York : Tor, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780812544169
Branch Call Number: F WHY
Characteristics: 719 p. : ill., map ; 18 cm.


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Jan 20, 2012

If you've read Whyte's precedent book in the trilogoy, you would realize that Infant Arthur is BORN into the world of brutality. Whyte's series provides a gripping background and story including real history of what we know as "Camelot", or "The Singing Sword." Excellent books.

Mar 22, 2011

A good read in the Tales of Camulod. Infant Arthur enters the world of brutality. Worth reading for a view into early UK development, and honorable leaders.

Apr 27, 2010

This is the fourth book in the Camulod series and even though I really enjoyed all the books so far, this fourth one has been the best. The series follows many generations of a several families as it tell the story of how Camulod was created. King Arthur does not even show up until the end of the third book when he is born. In this fourth book, Arthur is still a young babe and you begin to see the importance that is being placed on him to grow into a king that will unite many groups of people under the rule of Britain. The story and the series is full of rich loveable characters and the plots are full of interesting detail. This series would be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates historical fiction and is an absolute must read for those that enjoy Arthurian legend.


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SqueeGirl Oct 03, 2009

Camulod is ruled by Merlyn Britannicus and his cousin Uther Pendragon, the father of the infant destined to be King Arthur. When Uther dies, Merlyn cares for the baby and raises him to unify Britain and guard the magical sword, Excalibur.


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