Throwback Thursday: Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Today I’m looking back at my post on Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve, historical fiction, retelling the life of the legendary King Arthur. I first reviewed it on February 5, 2008.

My review begins:

This was one of the best books I read in 2007. Philip Reeve is a new author to me. Here Lies Arthur is an adventure story, set in Britain in AD 500. I have always been fascinated by the legend of King Arthur and this book tells his story, casting a new and original slant on the ‘facts’. Very little historical evidence has survived to give concrete information about life in Britain from the fifth to the sixth centuries. The picture Reeve paints is of a turbulent and harsh world, with Arthur as a war-leader in a land where opposing war-bands fight for supremacy. Arthur is not the romantic hero of legend but a dangerous, quick-tempered man, ‘solid, big-boned with a thick neck and a fleshy face. ‘A bear of a man.’

Click here to read my full review

The next Throwback Thursday post is scheduled for March 31, 2022.

2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

  1. I really like this idea for highlighting past reviews, Margaret! And Here Lies Arthur sounds very good. I like the King Arthur legend, too, and it sounds as though Reeve gives a fascinating perspective on that legend. Glad you chose that one to highlight.


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