The reissue of Melvyn Bragg's epic masterpiece - a dramatic and dazzling recreation of life in Britain during the Dark Ages, and the story of a young Irish princess who became a saint
Britain during the Dark Ages is the setting for the fascinating story of Bega, a young Irish princess who became a saint, and her lifelong bond with Padric, prince of the north-western kingdom of Rheged. This dramatic, far-reaching tale brings to life a land of warring kings, Christians and pagans, and tribes divided by language and culture, illuminating a little-known yet critical period in British history.
A gripping saga of great passion ... sustained, impassioned and uplifting - The Times
An absorbing epic ... as splendid a ripping yarn as any of the best classics - Daily Telegraph
A gripping, deeply accomplished work - Evening Standard
I loved it ... Bragg's stately, seething, passionate epic is several cuts above modern attempts at historical fiction - Literary Review
A beguiling entry into a society strange, neglected, important, tragic in many of its triumphs - Spectator
Wonderfully evocative, passionate and erudite ... No summary could do justice to a book of this erudition, romance and scope - Glasgow Herald
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the most recent being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.