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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (April 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304366463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304366460
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,765,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alfred Duggan was born in Argentina in 1903. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford. He worked for the British Natural History Museum collecting specimens and travelled extensively pursuing his job for the museum. From 1938-1941, when he was discharged as medically unfit, he served in the London Irish Rifles and saw active service in Norway. His first book was published in 1950.

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This novel is the "autobiography" of Cerdic, founder of the kingdom of Wessex, root of the British royal family tree. The interesting thing about the conscience of the king is that he has none. He starts as a Roman, with a desire for absolute power and no scruples, and ends up with his own small kingdom. I'm very fond of Alfred Duggan's work.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Didn't want a large kingdom, just an absolute one. June 5 2004
By William S. Kalenborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel is the "autobiography" of Cerdic, founder of the kingdom of Wessex, root of the British royal family tree. The interesting thing about the conscience of the king is that he has none. He starts as a Roman, with a desire for absolute power and no scruples, and ends up with his own small kingdom. I'm very fond of Alfred Duggan's work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Autobiography of a fascinating, wicked man, in a wicked time. Dec 22 2009
By WeHaveSixFeet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alfred Duggan's CONSCIENCE OF THE KING is a marvelous tale of the founding ruler of Wessex, the kingdom of the West Saxons. It's marvelous because he is a wicked man, a backstabber and a traitor. And yet you find yourself rooting for him, even when Artorius shows up trying to save Britain for the British. Such is the power of a narrator to win you over to his side no matter how wrong that side is.

Like the best of historical novels, it's a visit to another time and other ways of thinking. Cerdic is born around 500 AD, the same time more or less as THE CIRCLE CAST. He's born a Roman but of Saxon descent, and his journey takes him from Roman Britain to Saxon Britain to Saxony and back. It's the Dark Ages of Britain, when Roman civilization is collapsing without any Saxons civilized enough to take it over. Alfred Duggan captures the nostalgia his hero feels for the comforts of civilization even as he's destroying it for his own reasons.

CONSCIENCE OF THE KING is not a passionate book; Duggan's hero is a conniver who barely feels much sentiment for his own son, and doesn't regret his murders. But it is a fascinating book. I'm looking forward to his other two Saxon novels, THE KING OF ATHELNEY, about Alfred the Great, and THE CUNNING OF THE DOVE. He really brings another time and place to life, and with tremendous historical accuracy. It is hard to find a movie that does that.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent page-turner Sept. 11 2006
By Book Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic read. Despite being several decades old, the writing style is fresh, the plot rivetting, the characters, intriguing.
The best of Duggan Jan. 27 2013
By vishniac - Published on Amazon.com
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The king with NO conscience whatsoever - but who loves his son- i perfectly drawn. I would not like to have him as a neighbor tho!
I'm still reading, but so far, as always ... Oct. 8 2014
By Penny Irish-Hosler - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm still reading, but so far, as always, I'm impressed w/Duggan's knowledge and sardonic portrayal of characters in the past.

Delivery was punctual, and condition was as advertised.

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