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Alfred Duggan (1903–1964)

Teoksen Winter quarters tekijä

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Winter quarters (1956) 114 kappaletta
Knight with Armour (1950) 96 kappaletta
Family Favourites (1960) 84 kappaletta
Conscience of the King (1951) 79 kappaletta
Count Bohemond (1964) 78 kappaletta
The Cunning of the Dove (1960) 74 kappaletta
The Little Emperors (1951) 73 kappaletta
Three's Company (1958) 68 kappaletta
The King of Athelney (1961) 61 kappaletta
Lord Geoffrey's Fancy (1962) 57 kappaletta
Elephants and Castles (1963) 52 kappaletta
God and My Right (1955) 52 kappaletta
The lady for ransom (1953) 48 kappaletta
Children of the Wolf (1959) 44 kappaletta
He Died Old (1958) 42 kappaletta
Leopards and Lilies (1954) 36 kappaletta
Julius Caesar (1955) 29 kappaletta
Devil's Brood (1957) 25 kappaletta
The Romans (1963) 24 kappaletta
The castle book (1960) — Tekijä — 15 kappaletta
Thomas Becket of Canterbury (1952) 3 kappaletta
Look at Castles (1969) 2 kappaletta
Richard and Saladin (2016) 2 kappaletta
Look at churches (1970) 1 kappale

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Callista: A Tale of the Third Century (1855) — Johdanto, eräät painokset122 kappaletta
The Undying Past (1961) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Alfred Duggan!, Ancient History (elokuu 2013)


The story of the founding of Rome down to the choosing of Numa as the second king, told successively by a Latin, a Sabine, an Etruscan, and a Greek. It kept fairly close to the legendary account but I didn't find it very engaging
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Robertgreaves | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 19, 2023 |
this not so much a novel as a collection of episodic short stories relating, mostly, to Livy and Vergil's description of the early years of the Roman city-state. They are often humourous. It reads, as with all Duggan, quite well.
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DinadansFriend | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 13, 2023 |
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Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |
An historical novel from 1951 and Alfred Duggan's second novel is a good one. He tells the story of Cerdic Elesing who was said to be the founder of the Kingdom of Wessex. It is told in the first person as Cerdic now in his eighties looks back on his life and times. The title stems from the fact that Cerdic had no conscience. Born in 451 AD; the third son of a Roman Briton his only path to glory was to murder his elder brother and then plot to overthrow his father whose stronghold was in Canterbury England. Cerdic had to make his own way in the world and apart from having no conscience his other advantages were that being born a Roman he had an education which enabled him to read and write, and being wet-nursed by a Saxon woman, he learned to speak `german and was fully conversant with Saxon culture. He could therefore make his way in either world at a time in England when Roman educated Britons were being harried by Saxon adventurers and settlers on the East side of the Country. The Romans had effectively abandoned England some fifty years earlier and the civilisation that they had founded was rapidly unwinding.

Cerdic remains a shadowy figure in English history and Duggan has plenty of scope to invent a likely personage. As an historian and archeologist he is able to paint a credible picture of England during its transition from Roman rule to a darker age when warring factions struggled to maintain a semblance of civilisation. Allowing Cerdic to tell his own story places the reader inside the head of a successful adventurer. Cerdic achieves his aspiration to become an independent king, through cunning, feats of arms and letting nothing stand in the way of his ambition. He suffers some reverses, but his ability to transfer allegiance from Roman Briton to Saxon Briton and to outthink his opponents enables him to achieve his objective. Duggan's Cedric is not weighed down by later day morals and it is this portrait that convinced this reader that somebody like Cedric could be successful and even perhaps admirable.

The description of fifth century England is convincing, Roman towns have largely been abandoned, agriculture is carried out when and where people find or clear an area and can gain protection from raiders. The taking of oaths, the fear of the unknown, superstition, rituals are all part of the culture that Duggan describes. He also comes into his own when describing military action, for example the battle of Badon Hill where he envisages Cerdic's saxon army suffering a reversal at the hands of Artorious heavy cavalry. Legends and scraps of history are fitted together to give a convincing picture and characters are brought to life. An entertaining four star read.
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baswood | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 25, 2022 |



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