A rationalist and historical version of the legends, that omits both Merlin and Lancelot, these books are exceedingly well written. Helen Hollick was born 1953 in Walthamstow, North East London. When she came of age to seek employment she had always yearned to be a journalist, but her careers advice was unhelpful. You can’t be a journalist she was told, you can’t type. Instead she ended up working in a library. The one advantage of working there was that she had access to lots of books. By the time she was married with a young daughter she found she had time to begin writing herself and began to put down on paper her own thoughts of Arthurian Britain.
In her own words the author stated that she made a conscious decision to leave Merlin and Lancelot out of the books. There was to be no magic or myths in the book. What she did not know was that her writings on the subject would not just fill one book, but three.
The Kingmaking – Book 1
Pendragon’s Banner – Book 2
Shadow of the King – Book 3
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