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An Accidental King

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Novel of the 1st Century Ad.
Spanning the first five decades of Roman rule in Britain, it is a story of conflict and rebellion, trust and betrayal, told from the perspective of Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, the pro-Roman client king of southern Britain. In the autumn of 79 AD, as he approaches the end of his life, Cogidubnus reflects on his friendship with the emperors, Cla
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 5th 2013 by Crooked Cat Publications (first published July 2nd 2013)
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Nancy
Feb 08, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Mark Patton weaves a wonderful tale of the life of King Cogidubnus, Great King of the Britons. Details of the time period, approximately AD 43 through AD 79, are superb- vivid, evocative and often brutally frank in their descriptions of the horrendous violence of war. A pro-Roman client-king, Cogidubnus relates his relationships with Rome and his fellow Britons, and highlights the choices he had to make as both a priest and as a king. Essentially a peacemaker, and not a warrior, Cogidubnus ...more
Melisende d'Outremer
A basic knowledge of Celtic-Romano Briton would be advisable so as to follow who the main characters are in this highly enjoyable story told in flashback.
Jane
Jul 11, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
I was very pleased with this novel and recommend it highly: the POV of King Cogidubnus, a Roman client-king in Roman Britain. In his 60s, he remembers his decades-long reign as Great King of the Britons. The story spans the Roman Conquest to soon after the death of Emperor Vespasian. We learn of his lifelong friendship with Vespasian, who is introduced into the novel in a most unorthodox and clever way. We read of his steadfast friendship with Aulus Plautius, the conqueror of Britain, and his ...more
Paul Bennett
Sep 05, 2013 Paul Bennett rated it really liked it
I must confess that while reading this I couldn't help but wonder what one thing about the book really grabbed my attention; something to focus a review on. As I continued, I gradually realized that it was the whole understated approach in this narrative that was the one thing. Now that may sound strange but I found the author's style to be subtle yes, but also descriptive and educational. Let me set up the story a little, the narrator is Cogidubnus a priest and King of the Regenses and who was ...more
K.B. Walker
Oct 03, 2013 K.B. Walker rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating book set in Britain between the 40s - 80s AD. The challenge came from all the ancient names of a cast of characters worthy of populating such a swathe of history and the fact that the story went back and forth across the period. The author brought the characters and the setting to life and made me curious to find out more about that time. It was also interesting to see parallels with current events - the critical importance of good leadership and the strength there is in ...more
Irene
Jan 05, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing
This is a well written novel about the British Great King Cogidubnus, in form of a memoir, covering the events in Britain from the reigns of Tiberius to Vespasian. Very imaginative! I can highly recommend this.
Mark Patton
Jul 05, 2013 Mark Patton added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author, so will leave reviewing to others!
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Born in Jersey in 1965, Mark studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, and completed his PhD at University College London. He was Curator of Archaeology at the Jersey Museum from 1990 to 1993, and has subsequently taught at the Universities of Wales, Greenwich and Westminster. He currently teaches with The Open University.

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