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Kings of Albion

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  261 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
In this work Julian Rathbone deftly employs the eyes of outside observers to shape a witty and often profound view of how the English came to be the way that they are. Throroughly modern, richly descriptive, packed with action, savage and erotic, informed with a spirit of inquiry and speculation that lifts it far above the conventional history novel, Kings of Albion is sur ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2002 by Welcome Rain Publishers (first published 2000)
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Simon Mcleish
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here.

L.P. Hartley's line "The past is a foreign country" is often quoted, but it can be hard to realise just how different things were in former times. Kings of Albion is a novel which literalises the quotation to great effect. The plot is about an expedition sent out by the threatened Indian kingdom of Vijayanagara, to see if they can learn something from the far away English, who are rumoured even that far away to be the most warlike race on Earth. And the rumou
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Katerine
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fiction
Если сделать Алана Квотермейна путешественником с очень дальнего востока и отправить в Англию 15 века с группой вельмож на поиски брата одного из индийских князей (да, я не зря упомянула Квотермейна), прямо в разгар войны между Йорками и Ланкастерами, что получится? На мой взгляд, получилось не очень. Сама идея сдвинуть фокус обзора (это Англия - экзотическая и непонятная страна с эксцентричными жителями для путешественников, а не наоборот) хороша, и историю автор знает, но взгляд на Йорков и Ла ...more
Phillip
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating book of fiction set in medieval times, but is a rich story that gives an Eastern perspective on the West. The story is told from 3 points of view, giving the reader three different voices who have their own writing styles (Uma's versions are almost erotica tales). I'll admit that the story started off quite slow for me until the party finally arrives in the "Inglysshe" country (England), and I realized we were right in the midst and end of the War of the Roses. Again, from ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: released
I got Kings of Albion off the old BookRelay site because the book sounded interesting from its description. I also liked the title and the cover art. Unfortunately I didn't realize it was the sequel to a book I ended up putting down after about fifty pages (The Last English King). I did manage to finish this sequel but the process wasn't exactly an enjoyable one.

The book follows a group of travelers from the orient who travel to England (or Ingerlond as it is written in the book) to rescue a ki
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M.G. Mason
Though I love historical fiction that attempts to portray life and people of the period as accurately and as colourfully as possible, this sort of book appeals to me when I want a bit of lighter reading.

Tongue firmly planted in cheek, this tells the story of a traveller from the far east crossing Europe in search of his brother and arriving in England in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses. When he learns that his brother is the guest of the Yorkists, he finds himself caught up in the middle of th
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Teresa
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The era of humanity is one that I really like to learn about so I was psyched to get to readin'. But (and did there really have to be a "but"), the setting starts out in India and doesn't make it to Europe or England until it'a about a third of the way done. I also wish that I knew more (or remembered more) about English history because there are tons of references to the royal lines from the time of the knights.

There is one completely disturbing and violent passage that doesn't occur until alm
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Olethros
-Una idea muy buena y distintiva pero que no se plasmó de la mejor forma.-

Género. Novela histórica (desde la acepción amplia del género).

Lo que nos cuenta. Una pequeña delegación al servicio del reino de Vijayanagara llega a Ingerland en plena Guerra de las Dos Rosas con la misión de localizar a una persona importante y alguna otra intención más secreta. Los integrantes de la misma recuerdan esos tiempos y el choque cultural que sufrieron al entrar en contacto con la sociedad de los ingleshi.

¿Qu
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Hypatia
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was alright. Enjoyable for the most part, but not great. Definitely some humour poking fun at modern history, which was entertaining. There were a few bits about religion and philosophy that I didn't like much. It further cemented the fact that I cannot keep the different sides in the Wars of the Roses straight.
Margarita
Feb 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funreads
It was a fun, well-written book, but the wall between the author and the characters was awkward at times, the author was making fun of the cahracters and the customs of their times, a bit clumsly at times
Jeff Somers
I enjoyed "The Last English King" but the meandering structure of this book, while evoking the sense of disconnection and distance experienced by travellers in the medieval world, made for a limp plot with no tension and frequently breaks for historical exposition.
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Julian Christopher Rathbone was born in 1935 in Blackheath, southeast London. His great-uncle was the actor and great Sherlock Holmes interpreter Basil Rathbone, although they never met.

The prolific author Julian Rathbone was a writer of crime stories, mysteries and thrillers who also turned his hand to the historical novel, science fiction and even horror — and much of his writing had strong pol
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