Avalon Author:Anya Seton The last quarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and searching. There was conflict between Church and State, and between Anglo-Saxons and Viking. At the same time the Norsemen voyaged into the unknown, looking for new lands to pillage, and so discovered America. — Rumon, descendant of Charemagne and of King Alfred, was a searcher. ... more »He had visions of the Islnds of the Blessed, perhaps King Arthur's Avalon "where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow." Rumon came from Provence to visit the court of his cousein, King Edgar, and so began a quest that was to last his whole life, take him to far places, bring him sorry, joy, privation and honor.
Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall -- a lonely girl, sustained Arthur.
Chance -- or fate -- in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together and from that hour their lives were intertwined. Bound by his vow to her dying mother, Rumon brought Merewyn safely to England and kept from her and all others the shameful secret of her birth. But there his responsibility ended. Alfrida, Queen of England, dzzled him with her beauty and held him in subjection to her will.
Freed by the revelation of Alfrida's murderous actions, Rumon finally turned to Merewyn, only to find that he had lost her. His search led him across the Atlantic to an unknown land, to disappointment, and at last to fulfillment and peace.« less