The King Must Die
Illustrated by Geoff Grandfield
Introduced by Robin Lane Fox
Renault’s acclaimed novel, published in series with The Alexander Trilogy and introduced by the classical historian Robin Lane Fox.
‘One of the truly fine historical novels of modern times. Not since Robert Graves’s I, Claudius has there been such an exciting living image of the ancient world’
As a child Theseus suffers taunts when he claims his father is Poseidon, the fearsome, earth-shaking god of the sea. At 17 he discovers the truth: he is the son of Aegeus, King of Athens, and his sole heir. Determined to fulfil his destiny, Theseus undertakes the perilous journey to his father’s palace, fighting off bloodthirsty bandits and finding himself crowned king in the Earthling town of Eleusis – a title that comes with a grisly price. Finally reaching Athens, he finds the people in thrall to King Minos of Crete and the terrible monster he feeds with human tributes. It is Theseus, aided by an enamoured Princess Ariadne, who will slay the Minotaur and set the people free …
Published in series with The Alexander Trilogy and The Bull From the Sea.
Quarter-bound in buckram with Modigliani paper sides printed with a design by the artist
Set in Haarlemmer
Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations
9½” x 6¼”
A King’s Fall
As we met each other’s eyes, I thought, ‘He has stood where I stand now, and the man he fought with is bones under the rock.’ And then I thought, ‘He has not consented to his death’
Mary Renault’s spellbinding novel combines historical research and mythology to form an unforgettable portrait of the legendary founder-hero. A huge success on publication in 1958, it has given us our strongest images of Theseus and the labyrinthine Palace of Knossos, whose ruins can still be seen on Crete today.
About Mary Renault
About Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox has been Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, University of Oxford, from 1977 to 2012 and University Reader in Ancient History from 1990. His books and articles include major works on Alexander the Great and on the relation between the pagan and early Christian religions of the Roman Empire. He has taught Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman history, and early Islamic history, in which he held an Oxford Research Fellowship. The Folio Society has published three of his works: Alexander the Great (1997), Pagans and Christians (2010) and The Classical World (2013).