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The Emperor's Elephant (Saxon #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The second book in Tim Severin's thrilling historical adventure series set in Saxon times.

Sigwulf, a Saxon prince who has found himself at the court of King Carolus in France, is summoned by the royal advisor. A rare white elephant has been sent as a gift from the Caliph of Baghdad – and Carolus is determined to send an embassy to the Caliph bearing presents of equal prize
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Macmillan
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Graham Crawford
Dec 11, 2013 Graham Crawford rated it liked it
Sir Tim is a funny old salt. His historical recreation travelogues have better characters and "plots" than his historical fictions. I think this is because he is so constrained by writing a "true" story, he can't let himself "invent" anything unless it's backed up in triplicate by primary sources. Never let a good story get in the way of a complicated truth. This is one of his better fictions ...probably because the outline of the plot really happened. Someone called Sigwulf really made this ...more
Ken Ramsay
Feb 27, 2015 Ken Ramsay rated it liked it
This book was disappointing. I thoroughly enjoyed Tim Severin's Viking series and the first volume in this trilogy, but couldn't get excited about this one. There are two main reasons I can think of; firstly I felt I didn't learn much about the period the novel is set in and secondly the pace pace was steady throughout with very little tension building up. Will I read the third one? Probably.
Dec 30, 2015 Dirk rated it liked it
A rattling yarn which ran out of steam a bit by the end, but I enjoyed the sense of place as we moved from the snowy north of Europe to the baking heat of Asia.
Debby Kean
Jun 10, 2016 Debby Kean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brilliant, historical
Unlike the third book in the Saxon series, The Emperor's Elephant is an excellent idea with interesting characters and a weirdly interesting plot. It's educational in a painless way.
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Feb 04, 2016 Richard Bryan rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story had twists and turns that were slightly different from the usual if a little far-fetched.
Oct 31, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
enjoyed the book but however felt gaps in the plotline from the journey from Aachen to Baghdad though but following forward to the next one in the saxon series
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A substantial improvement over book of dreams.
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Tim Severin is a British explorer, historian and writer. Severin is noted for his work in retracing the legendary journeys of historical figures. Severin was awarded both the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He received the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his 1982 book The Sindbad Voyage.

He was born Timothy Severin
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