Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
This story is set in the late 4th century, the waning days of the Roman empire’s presence in the British Isles. Based on some of the reading I’d done around the historical basis of Arthurian legend, a number of the larger characters were familiar to me – the Celtic King Vortigen, the Saxons Hengest and Horsa, and Ambrosius Aurelianus, one of the great Romano-British rulers. Ambrosius is often linked to King Arthur, often as an uncle.
But this story is about the power vacuum that developed after the Romans left, and one man’s struggle to figure out where he fits in it. It’s a compelling story, and Aquila’s journey is an interesting one.