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Sword at Sunset (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Sutcliff
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"A book of great beauty, of fine writing, of the evocation of a time past. . . . A book for the appreciative, mature reader."   Library Journal

"[Sutcliff] is an effective storyteller and knows how to keep her dialogue terse and believable. . . . There are many fine battles in Sword at Sunset, and they are described with majestic eloquence."  Orville Prescott, The New York Times

"[King Arthur] is a living presence who moves in a brilliantly lit and fantastic landscape . . . rich and sumptuous as the world described in Mabinogion, as gay and menacing as The Tale of Genji . . . Rosemary Sutcliff is a spellbinder."  Robert Payne, New York Times Book Review

"The gritty realism and emotional power of Rosemary Sutcliff’s writing places Sword at Sunset in a place of its own . . . leaves you convinced that if the story of King Arthur is more history than fantasy, this must be the way events really occurred . . . makes other versions of the legend pallid by comparison."  —Green Man Review

"A good story, swift, various, and at all times exciting. . . . Miss Sutcliff has a sure hand with heroism and pathos."  —Times Literary Supplement


For fourteen centuries the story of Arthur was a legend, misted over by the tradition of romantic hero-tales. But Arthur was real - a man of towering strength, a dreamer and a warrior who actually lived, fought and died for his impossible dream.

In Sutcliffe's now legendary retelling, King Arthur is brought passionately to life.

This brilliant reconception of the Arthurian epic cuts through the familiar myths and tells the story of the real King Arthur: Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century. Artos here comes alive: bold and forceful in battle, warm and generous in friendship, tough in politics, shrewd in the strategy of war - and tender and tragically tormented in love. Out of the braiding of ancient legend, fresh research, soaring imagination and hypnotic narrative skill comes a novel that has richly earned its reputation as a classic.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 824 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 512 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atlantic Books (1. Dezember 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A25NLY0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (10 Kundenrezensionen)
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This is the best story yet written on the Romano-British cavalryman and leader whose deeds gave rise to the legend of King Arthur. In the days of my youth Rosemary Sutcliff's fiction for children opened the wonderous world of the people of Roman Britain. Sword At Sunset is NOT A JUVENILE FICTION BOOK despite including characters and continuing a story line from an earlier novel: The Lantern Bearers. MS Sutcliff brilliantly weaves what little actual knowledge we have with fictional details in a manner that brings Arthur out of legend and into life.
The story is that of Arthur's struggle to lead the Britons, both Celtic and Roman, against the invading Saxons.
It is the story of the warrior brotherhood known as his 'Companions' as they battle to preserve the light of the dregs of Roman civilization in Britain against the darkness of the barbarians who would destroy it.
The battles are realistic and the reader practically feels the blood, sweat, fear and courage of the fighting men.
It is also a story of love, loyalty, betrayal and a horrible unspeakable sin, the consequenses of which could destroy all that Arthur holds dear.
The story includes realistic events that would seem to explain an archeological mystery of the era and other events that give rise to important elements of the medieval legend.

MS Sutcliff takes us through Arthur's challenges as he strives to mount his men on the horses of his dreams, which he believes are the key to victory against the foot-bound Saxons.
We follow him as he meets and befriends the men who will be his sword brothers as well as his meeting with the lady he grows to love, Guenhemara.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How it really was, probably 15. Mai 2000
Rosemary Sutcliff has done a fabulous job of telling the story of the real Arthur. Arthur and his colleagues and enemies are drawn as actual people. With the possible exception of the blustering cavalry captain, Cei, there are no character types. Each individual, even the miniatures, are genuine and unique. There is a universality in the theme. Thus it must have been in many places and in many times when Folk wandered and peoples fought for survival. The Romano-British fought to preserve their civilization, and their lives. The Saxons fought for land and booty. There was an appeasement party, which suffered the usual fate of appeasers. There were people who tried to stay out of the way and called pox on all the combatants. I first read this book during the Cold War, when nuclear exchange threatened not to annihilate life but merely to barbarize the planet. Perhaps we, the readers, would be among the survivors, fighting behind leaders against roving murder bands. Sutcliff does a masterful job of connecting with what we know of Arthur (little) and what we know of the conflict of the time (a good deal)and bringing the story from a kind of swords and sorcery fiction in some strange land to actual history. Knowledge of the time and place adds a thrill of recognition. "Yes," we say, "that's how it must have been." As an example of her craft,Sutcliff has Arthur worrying about the supply of horses (a substantial subsidiary adventure describes a long trip to purchase breeding stock for the cavalry--the Romano-British preferred arm), reminding us of the old axiom that amateurs talk tactics and professionals talk logistics. This is how, we think, being a warrior king, a military leader, must have been. The book is more than battles and assignations. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Von Ein Kunde
Seems like lots of people are doing the "King Arthur thing" nowadays; every time
I visit the bookstore I see a few more novels about Arthur, or Guinevere, or even
Mordred. But for me, the single best Arthurian novel out there, barring the
"originals" like Mallory and company, is Rosemary Sutcliffe's "Sword at Sunset".
The story is dark and compelling, the characters familiar from legend but fully-
fleshed in their own right. It's hard to create a new story when the outcome is
pre-determined; yet Sutcliffe accomplishes it. She goes back to the archaeological
and historical evidence, and creates a vision of a Romano-British civilization
desperately holding out against the inrushing barbarians, thirty years after
the Roman Legions left Britain for the last time. There is no magic, no Merlin,
no Round Table, no Excalibur; Artos is crowned Emperor by drunken soldiers
after a battle. The glory of the story, such as it is, comes from the characters'
determination, not from medieval trappings of castles and shining armor.
Sutcliffe writes (wrote - she died last year) with a real sense
of place and time: you smell the campfires and hear the clash of battle. It is
this immediacy that makes the story utterly compelling and
convincing. I am convinced that if Arthur existed, this is what his story must
have been like.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My all-time favorite historical novel of Arthur 5. September 1998
Von strega2
I've treasured my copy of this novel for decades. Sutcliff specialized in Dark Age Britain, although this is the only novel she wrote for adults. She weaves a haunting portrait of a misty, troubled, ancient land where Roman civilization and Celtic pagan culture are threatened by the barbaric Saxon invaders. Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot (here shown as the original character of Bedivere--Lancelot is strictly an invention of the Middle Ages)are portrayed as the historical characters they surely were. Don't look for a fantasy Camelot, with banners and Round-Tables. Here, Arthur is a Romano-Celtic warlord, desperately working to stave off the inevitable invasion. There is a brooding quality of impending doom that pervades the entire book. No one has ever drawn a more convincing canvas of Romano-Celtic Britain, in my opinion, or a more realistic portrait of the kind of man that Arthur probably was. A treat to be savored and re-read.
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