Echoes of Dyma Dal Iesin: Book I of the Rugby Player's Tale

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Lulu.com, 2006 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Having lost a wager on a rugby match, Gareth Lynn is obliged to tell his English friend, Matt Allcott, a tale in the tradition of an ancient Bard. Using the Welsh legend of Ceridwen, Gwion Bach, and the Cauldron of Inspiration as a framework, the wily Gareth unfolds an epic saga set in late 6th century Europe. The grisly murder of a senior Arian Christian clergyman fuels suspicion and mistrust amongst the disparate factions inhabiting the beleaguered City of Rome. As more deaths follow, a seething undercurrent of political and religious machinations spreads across the former western Roman Provinces, ensnaring pious Catholics, outraged Arians, incensed Langobards, determined Goths, ambitious Franks, arrogant Byzantines, desperate Britanni, bemused Avars, inscrutable Hebrews, stoic Angles and irascible Saxons. As the first major instalment of the tale ends, the Englishman and his wife Sarah, are left with a distinct impression that there is far more to their affable friend than meets the eye.
 

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Contents

DRAMATIS PERSONAE
vii
PROLOGUE
1
PART I
13
CHAPTER I
14
CHAPTER II
25
CHAPTER III
36
CHAPTER IV
48
CHAPTER V
52
CHAPTER XVI
196
CHAPTER XVII
199
CHAPTER XVIII
209
CHAPTER XIX
215
CHAPTER XX
224
INTERLUDE
237
PART III
243
CHAPTER XXI
245

CHAPTER VI
67
CHAPTER VII
77
CHAPTER VIII
94
CHAPTER IX
111
CHAPTER X
115
CHAPTER XI
124
INTERLUDE
139
PART II
147
CHAPTER XII
148
CHAPTER XIII
164
CHAPTER XIV
177
CHAPTER XV
184
CHAPTER XXII
256
CHAPTER XXIII
268
CHAPTER XXIV
274
CHAPTER XXV
279
CHAPTER XXVI
291
CHAPTER XXVII
300
CHAPTER XXVIII
309
EPILOGUE
319
GLOSSARY
327
THE POEM
336
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