The Winged Man
by Moyra Caldecott
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ABOUT THE BOOK
From the blurb on the hardback edition:
"To this day, throughout the ancient city of Bath, there exist statues and images of the man who was the legendary founder of the city, and father of King Lear. A leper and a swineherd ... a necromancer and a wise king ... his memory lives on.
"THE WINGED MAN
"Restless at the royal court, the young Prince sets off to consult an oracle in the west country - a wild wooded place near a mysterious hot spring gushing from a cave. There the priestess tells him he will become a great king, and that one day he will fly like an eagle.
"When he returns to his father's hill-fort at Trinovantum, ancient London, Bladud's head is full of magnificent dreams... till trickery entraps him in a loveless marriage. His unquenchable thirst for knowledge, sharpened by a mysterious experience at the burial mound of his forefathers, takes him on a dangerous journey to faraway Greece, where he meets and falls in love with a woman who has appeared to him many times already in dreams and visions.
"He returns to his own country to find his father dying and his wife conspiring with his brother to disinherit him. Then, discovered to be suffering from a disease believed to be leprosy, he is driven from the court and shunned by his people. In this dark time he becomes a swineherd, and it is while watching the pigs roll around in hot mud that the seed of a miracle is sown...
"His is a golden age of wisdom and magic, where Otherworld beings mingle freely with the people of this world, and where swans and ravens and owls take on their own special mysterious significance.
"Full of brilliant imagination, this colourful fantasy draws its strength and inspiration from the strange and beautiful realms of Celtic and Greek myth and legend."
First published in 1993 by Headline Book Publishing plc. Reprinted in same edition 1993 by Headline. The hardback edition is now out of print. Published in paperback in USA by Trafalgar Square, 1994.
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