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Book Title: Avalon|
Date of issue: September 6th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780547523934
The author of the book: Anya Seton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.14 MB
Edition: Mariner Books
Read full description of the books Avalon: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 Vikings. At the same time the Norsemen voyaged into the unknown, looking for new lands to pillage, and so discovered America.
Rumon, descendant of Charlemagne and of King Alfred, was a searcher. He had visions of the Islands 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 cousin, King Edgar, and so began a quest that was to last his whole life, take him to far places, bring him sorrow, joy, privation, and honor.
Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall--a lonely girl, sustained by stubborn courage and by pride in her descent from great King 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, dazzled 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.
The stories of Rumon and Merewyn are spun out against a broad background of history and place, which include Iceland, Greenland, North America, England harried by Vikings; St. Dunstan's efforts to reform the English church; Eric the Red's ill-conceived colonization of Greenland. It is a saga of yearning and mystery, tragedy, saintliness, and love.
Read information about the authorAnya Seton (January 23, 1904 (although the year is often misstated to be 1906 or 1916) - November 8, 1990) was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann Seton.
Ann Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She was the daughter of English-born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson. She is interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.
Her historical novels were noted for how extensively she researched the historical facts, and some of them were best-sellers. Dragonwyck (1941) and Foxfire (1950) were both made into Hollywood films. Two of her books are classics in their genre and continue in their popularity to the present; Katherine, the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt, and their children, who eventually became the basis for the Tudor and Stuart families of England, and Green Darkness, the story of a modern couple plagued by their past life incarnations. Most of her novels have been recently republished, several with forewords by Philippa Gregory.
Her novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the Jacobite rising of 1715. She also narrates the story of his brother Charles, beheaded after the 1745 rebellion, the last man to die for the cause. The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and America.
Anya Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland. Anya certainly visited her Snowdon cousins at Felton. Billy Pigg, the celebrated Northumbrian piper played 'Derwentwater's Farewell' especially for her. The novel shows her typical thorough research of events and places, though the accents are a little wayward. Anya Seton said that her greatest debt of all was to Miss Amy Flagg of Westoe Village in South Shields, her father's birthplace.
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