Rome is burning.
In Britain, Uther Pendragon is dying.
Enemies stalk his land.
Into this uncertain world a boy is cast. An outsider, plagued by memories of those he’s lost.
Under the watchful eye of Merlin, the boy begins his journey to manhood. He meets another outcast, Guinevere, wild, proud and beautiful. And he is dazzled by Arthur, a warrior who carries the hopes of the people like a flaming torch in the dark.
But these are treacherous times, and the fate of Britain rests on a sword’s edge. This young man becomes a lord of war: loved, hated, admired and feared. He is a man forsaken but not forgotten.
He is Lancelot.
Set in a 5th century Britain besieged by invading bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, Giles Kristian tells – in Lancelot’s own words – the story of the most revered yet reviled of all Arthur’s knights, the warrior who fought at his lord’s side – yet stole his wife. This is the story of one of the great figures of British myth and legend – a story ready to be re-imagined for our times.
Lancelot by Giles Kristian is published in paperback on 2 May, 2019.