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The Good King: A Medieval Thriller
by George WB Scott
The Good King: A Medieval Thriller by George WB Scott This history-based tale behind the legend of Good King Wenceslas is a thrilling journey through 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslas devoted his life to charity—but this is no happy Christmas fable.
This history-based tale behind the legend of Good King Wenceslas is a thrilling journey through 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslas devoted his life to charity—but this is no happy Christmas fable. Duke Boleslav, brother to Wenceslas, reveals to his young son his own life's dreadful tale, and why this boy must dedicate his life to his father's salvation. Pagan priests vie with one another and with the growing power of Christianity. Prague is a trading center with an important slave market, a thriving iron industry, and is a crossroads of far-reaching trade routes. It is growing in wealth, yet threatened by jealous enemies and forces, both external and within its borders. These are times of struggle and competition. The Franks seek domination through military and religious power, and smaller peoples are conquered or forced to find a way to survive. This chilling new story of a dark age paints a tale of murder, betrayal, loyalty and mankind's need for spirituality. History and this writer's imagination take Boleslav through a world of cruel despair and hope as the duke's power-driven mother coerces him to commit the unthinkable.
Robin's Review: In this interesting retelling, we journey through the reign of the esteemed king Wenceslas, as narrated by his brother Boleslav. With his son as the sole witness, Boleslav confesses his haunting secrets and seeks redemption for his sins. This is a mix of historical narrative and imagination that brings to life the complex relationship between two brothers, one destined for sainthood and the other forever stained as a murderer. The world-building and character development in this retelling are well executed. Check Your Triggers😊 It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
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