1191. During excavation work at Glastonbury Abbey, an ancient leaden cross is discovered buried several feet below ground.
Inscribed on the cross are the words: Hic iacet sepultus inclitus rex arturius...
Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur. Beneath the cross are skeletal remains. Could these really be the remains of the legendary King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere?
As the monks debate the implications of this extraordinary discovery, the bones disappear -- spirited away by the mysterious Guardians, determined to keep the king's remains safe until the ancient legend is fulfilled and Arthur returns to protect his country in the hour of its greatest need.
A missing right hand. A gang of ruthless bodysnatchers. Brother accused of killing brother. As the secret of the bones' hiding place is passed from generation to generation, those entrusted to safeguard Arthur's remains must withstand treachery, theft, blackmail and murder in order to keep the legend intact.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/05/2010
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9781847393654
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Review by Helenliz
These are just great fun reads. A series of short stories set at different historical periods that are linked by an object. In this case, the object are the Bones of King Arthur, which get dug up at Glastonbury Abbey, smuggled to Wales, dug up, moved, reburied, rediscovered, dug up, cause trouble and finally carried back to Wales. I like the way that the stories link to each other. So in this case there is a family of guardians of the bones, and the family name crops up in each story, with different degrees of involvement. I particularly like the pairing of Simon & Gwenillan, the Norman lord & welsh lady who rely on her brains & his brawn. Nice portrait of a marriage, each bringing their own skills to life and the case at hand. In a similar line there's Joe & Doll, in early 19th century London. they have a romantic element that adds a little extra angle to that element of the story as well.the epilogue also leaves one with a satisfied glow. A nice way to package a set of short stories, by having a common thread.