The Druid King by Norman Spinrad

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A major triumph of historical fiction, The Druid King, is a masterly retelling of the life of the legendary general Vercingetorix and his brilliant crusade against the Roman invasion of Gaul.Vercingetorix was both a man of myth and a real historical figure—he managed, where others had failed, to unite the tribes of Gaul and lead them against the might of the entire Roman empire.

After watching his father’s harrowing death, young Vercingetorix retreats to the forest where he learns the ways of the druids. Soon he must return to civilization to reclaim his birthright and his father’s honor, but the city of his birth has changed. Now, he must confront the greatest military power the world has even known--the Roman legions of Julius Ceasar. This is the story of Vercingetorix, Druid King of Gaul.


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About Norman Spinrad

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Norman Spinrad is the author of Bug Jack Barron, The Iron Dream, Child of Fortune, The Void Captain’s Tale, and numerous other novels. He has also written literary criticism, political commentary, and the screenplays for two feature films.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 432 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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A distinguished science fiction author (Bug Jack Barron, etc.) turns to historical fiction with this sweeping but unremarkable tale of the myth-infused adventures of Vercingetorix, the greatest and last leader of the Gauls against the Romans under Julius Caesar.

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Vercingetorix surrendered himself to Caesar, was taken to Rome in chains for exhibition in one of Caesar's triumphal marches, and was either assassinated there or allowed to kill himself by falling on his own sword --- the Roman death with honor --- six years later.

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Now Vercingetorix turns feral against his former .

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Vercingetorix was an Arvernian prince and the son of Celtillus, who was put to death by his fellow Celtic tribesmen for attempting to reinstate kingship in Gaul (he, of course, wanted to be King of Gaul).

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