After Rome by Morgan Llywelyn
A Novel of Celtic Britain

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After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned—left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land.

Passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born.

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About Morgan Llywelyn

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Nominated for the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, New York Times bestselling author MORGAN LLYWELYN is also the winner of the 1983 RT Award for Historical Novel of the Year (The Horse Goddess). She lives near Dublin, Ireland.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by Forge Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One woman whom for obvious reasons Dinas quickly tires of (she affects an aristocratic demeanor even though she’s common-born—and she’s something of a shrew) is Quartilla, so he “gives” her to Cadogan, who doesn’t quite know what to do with her.

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410, the Roman army deserted Brittania (modern-day Great Britain), leaving behind an organized central government, educated elite, and a culture that mimicked Roman fashion, food, architecture, and education.

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Cadogan and Dinas are magnificent, thinking, feeling characters – Cadogan becoming what he never wanted to become, Dinas never seeming to become what he dreamed to become.

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