Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy

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Who was THE MAN

Who became THE LEGEND

We know as KING ARTHUR?

"You are the Pendragon, rightful Lord of Dumnonia and the Summer Land; Lord of less Britain. By all that is right, you ought be seated where Vortigern sits…You ought to be King."

Here lies the truth of the Lord of the Summer Land.

This is the tale of Arthur flesh and bone. Of the shaping of the man, both courageous and flawed, into the celebrated ruler who inspired armies, who captured Gwenhyfar's heart, and who emerged as the hero of the Dark Ages and the most enduring hero of all time.

This is the unexpected story of the making of a king — the legend who united all of Britain.

Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy
Includes bonus reading group guide


"If only all historical fiction could be this good."

Historical Novels Review

"Helen Hollick has it all. She tells a great story…"

Bernard Cornwell

"Hollick's interpretation is bold, affecting, and well worth fighting to defend."

Publishers Weekly

"Compelling, convincing, and —ultimately-unforgettable."

Sharon Kay Penman, Bestselling Author of Devil's Blood


About Helen Hollick

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Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats, and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman/Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy-the early eighteenth century. Visit
Published March 1, 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 595 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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 Yet another fanciful fricassee of the Arthurian legends, this one—the first in a trilogy—with a sizzle of muscular action and romance.

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In this first volume of what promises to be a monumental historical trilogy, rookie British author Hollick depicts Arthur's rise from A.D. 450, when he was a 15-year-old boy of hidden parentage, to A.

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Arthur is the son of a Romano-British nobleman, Uthr, and, like his father, he follows the “old religion,” the soldiers’ god, “Mithras.” The Christian Church was still young during the Dark Ages and most people remained pagan for quite some time.

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