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The King Must Die
Author: Mary Renault

ISBN: 9781844089635
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 12 May 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.9
The King Must Die retells the story of Theseus, bringing mythology vividly to life.

In myth, Theseus was the slayer of the child-devouring Minotaur of Crete. What the hero might have been in real life is another question, brilliantly explored in The King Must Die. Drawing on scholarship and archaeological findings at Knossos, Mary Renault's Theseus is an utterly lifelike figure - a king of immense charisma, whose boundless strivings flow from strength and weakness-but also one steered by implacable prophecy.

The story follows Theseus's adventures from Troizen to Eleusis, where the death in the book's title is to take place, and from Athens to Crete, where he learns to jump bulls and is named king of the victims. Richly imbued with the spirit of its time, this is a page-turner as well as a daring act of imagination. Renault's story of Theseus continues with the sequel The Bull from the Sea.

About the Author

Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born in London and educated at St Hughs, Oxford. She trained as a nurse at Oxford's ...

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