The King Must Die

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Vintage Books, 1988 - Fiction - 339 pages
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The story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure.

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It's historical fiction based on myth and also history, which means it's basically an amazing fantasy story. Theseus, founder-hero of Athens has amazing adventures. There's battle, ancient kingdoms ... Read full review

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'For a man in darkness, there is only one god to pray to.' 'The King Must Die' is a historical novel by Mary Renault, first published in 1958. Set in Ancient Greece: Troizen, Corinth, Eleusis, Athens ... Read full review

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Born in London as Eileen Mary Challans in 1905 and educated at the University of Oxford, Mary Renault trained as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary. It was there that she met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse Julie Mullard. After completing her training, Renault wrote her first novel, "Purposes of Love", in 1937. In 1948, after her novel "Return to Night" won an MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa. There, Renault wrote the historical novels that would define her career. In 2006, Renault was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary, and her books, many of which remain in print on both sides of the Atlantic, are often sought after for radio and dramatic interpretation. In 2010, "Fire From Heaven "was shortlisted for the 1970 Lost Booker prize.

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