It has all the magic of the earlier book, and the subject the imperishable story of theseus, prince of athens. Mary renault the mask of apollo the bull from the sea a novel. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. This retelling of the greek myth of theseus, king of athens, is one of the truly fine histor. He is the grandson of a king, but his paternity is in question. It has all the magic of the earlier book, and the subject the imperishable story of theseus, prince of athens, and.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of mary renault including rare images of the author. This book will, i feel, win as well the plaudits of the general public. Publication date 1958 topics theseus greek mythology publisher new york pantheon. Browse author series lists, sequels, pseudonyms, synopses, book covers, ratings and awards. Born in london as eileen mary challans in 1905 and educated at the university of oxford, mary renault trained as a nurse at oxfords radcliffe infirmary. But if youre willing to read a book that is more prolix than concise, you can find some rewards here. The story of the mythical hero theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of.
Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. She died of cancer at the age of 78 on december, 1983. Rather than retelling the myth, renault constructs an archaeologically and anthropologically plausible story that might have developed into the myth. Having completed nursing training in 1937, she then wrote her first novel promise of love. Were in ancient greece, and a matriarchal society with an earthbased religion is in the process of changing to a patriarchal one that worships sky gods. The first, the last of the wine 1956 won wide critical acclaim. The story of the mythical hero theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of athens. She captures the essentials while removing the more fantastical elements, such as mons. Written by mary renault i cannot keep from putting my hand to what i find about me, declares mary renaults hero, theseus. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality. She wrote the alexander the great trilogy and theseus books. It was there that she met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse julie mullard. The ancient world of myth and legend takes on the trappings of living history in this second of mary renaults imaginative reconstructions.
It is told by theseus as an old man remembering his early life as the grandson of a king, his search to find his father, his captivity in crete, and through his inner strength and leadership his return home. Theseus is the son of aegeus, king of athens, and is his only heir. Rather than retelling the myth, renault constructs an archaeologically and. Theseus believes that he is the son of the seagod poseidon. Heres where youll find analysis about the book as a whole. One cannot escape their ultimate fate, so one should enjoy life while they still have the opportunity. Theseus explains, man born of woman cannot outrun his fate. Publication date 1972 topics historical, fiction historical, theseus, king of athens publisher.
After the war she settled in south africa renaults bestknown sequence of greek historical novels soon appeared. Jul1958 historical romance mary renaults portraits of the ancient world are fierce, complex and eloquent, infused at every turn with her lifelong passion for the classics. Although the book is very appealing to me the author did not follow the classic legends in several aspec. His friends are the young men and maidens, slaves of the gods, chosen for death in the bull dance. Although the book is very appealing to me the author did. At an early age he discovers that he can sense earthquakes. Mary renault places the legend in an historic place with san torini, the cretan labyrinth, and the minoan culture as a foundation for the story. So begins theseuss perilous journey to his fathers palace to claim his birthright, escaping bandits and ritual king sacrifice in eleusis, to slaying the minotaur in crete. It is a beautifully written story with the character of theseus drawn persuasively. Renaults sensitive characterisation and historical sense of place hooked me. She uses this background to retell the greek myth of theseus. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. Troizen, corinth, eleusis, athens, knossos in crete, and naxos, it traces the early life and adventures of theseus, one of the heroes in greek mythology.
His fabled enemy is the monstrous, halfman, halfbull, minotaur, devourer of sacrificial. In myth, theseus was the slayer of the childdevouring minotaur in crete. The tale begins in troizen, the land of theseus grandfather, king pittheus. Renault starts with theseus early years, showing how the mystery of his fathers identity and his small stature breed the insecurities that spur his. Hughs college and radcliffe infirmary, oxford, completing her training as a nurse in 1937. Winner of the national jewish book awardwinner of the washington institute book prizeone of.
Grandfields dominant black and terracotta palette references cretan frescos and blackfigure greek. Drawing on modern scholarship and archaeological findings at knossos, mary renaults theseus is an utterly lifelike figurea king of immense charisma, whose boundless strivings flow from strength and weaknessbut also one. Book clubs book fairs scholastic education classroom magazines about us. This is an enchanting recapturing of the events leading up to the story of theseus and of its culmination in the minotaur myth.
Renault s first novel, called purposes of love, was released in the year 1934. This book is the 2003rd greatest fiction book of all time as determined by. Created by harvard students for students everywhere, sparknotes is a new breed of study guide. One has a sense of living in the period in ancient greece. In addition to vivid fictional portrayals of theseus, socrates, plato, and alexander the great, she wrote a nonfiction biography of alexander.605 347 474 1374 1231 1303 1519 1137 793 338 1261 1507 409 1515 1224 914 453 371 161 364 909 426 999 796 622 1237 998 1207 95 838 1496 835 1219 1320 1494 1078 406 511 1381 22 696 376 894 467 1222