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