Sword at Sunset Author:Rosemary Sutcliff For fourteen centuries the story of Arthur was a legend, misted over by the tradition of romantic hero-tales. But he was real--a man of towering strength, a dreamer and a warrior--who actually lived, and fought, and died for his impossible dream. The man whom legend calls Arthur of Britain combined the best of Roman civilization with the fierce... more » dedication of his Celtic ancestors. Down through the generations his passionate determination to preserve the values of decency and freedom against the darkness of barbarism has been a clarion call that speaks to the best in humankind.« less
An interesting concept, meticulously created. Sutcliff's Arthur is a real man -- a war chief, base-born into a powerful family, who comes to prominence at a time when Britain is under increasing pressure from invaders. There is no Merlin here, no Morgan LeFay, no sword in the stone. As a what-if history, it's a masterwork. As a read for those who prefer the legends of Camelot, it's less satisfying.