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Authors: M. K. Hume

The Bloody Cup

 
 
 

 
King Arthur: The Bloody Cup

 

 
M.K. HUME

 
 
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Copyright © 2010 M. K. Hume

 
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First published as an Ebook by Headline Publishing Group in 2010

 
All characters - other than the obvious historical figures - in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

 
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Table of Contents

 

Title Page

Copyright Page

Acknowledgements

 

CHAPTER I - A WIND FROM THE NORTH

CHAPTER II - BLOOD OATHS AND BATTLE BROTHERS

CHAPTER III - BLOOD OATHS AND BATTLE BROTHERS

CHAPTER IV - KIN, LOVERS AND SUNDRY OTHER ENEMIES

CHAPTER V - THE SINGER AND THE SONG

CHAPTER VI - THE ENEMY AT THE DOOR

CHAPTER VII - THE BLACK WARRIOR

CHAPTER VIII - BLOOD OATHS AND BATTLE BROTHERS

CHAPTER IX - ANOTHER SAXON SUMMER

CHAPTER X - A WEB OF DECEIT

CHAPTER XI - DOGGEREL AND DREARY DAYS

CHAPTER XII - THOSE WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY, THEY FIRST MAKE MAD

CHAPTER XIII - BALYN’S BANE

CHAPTER XIV - THE SKEIN OF BLOOD

CHAPTER XV - THE BEGINNING OF THE END

CHAPTER XVI - SEARCHING

CHAPTER XVII - THE TRACE

CHAPTER XVIII - A CURSE UNLEASHED

CHAPTER XIX - THE BLUE HAG

CHAPTER XX - THE WIDOW MAKER

CHAPTER XXI - COMRADES IN BLOOD

CHAPTER XXII - ET FINI

CHAPTER XXIII - THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING

 

POSTSCRIPT

GLOSSARY OF PLACE NAMES

Friends, real friends, are rare and special. We have family, built in, and whether we like them or not is immaterial. Mostly, we love them because we have shared history, memories and blood.

But friends are chosen because they fill the empty places in the heart. The best friends stand behind us, protecting our backs in times of trouble.

So Lynne Baker, Roger Hughes, Pauline Reckentin, Robyn Jones and Penny Steel, this book is for you. Pauline convinced me years ago that I would succeed in this endeavour; Roger is my mate, a fellow reader of odd, interesting ideas, and Robin and Lynne and Penny have stood ‘in the trenches’ with me when times were tough and I tried to slay the odd dragon.

Therefore it is fitting that Artor’s most terrible blows and most difficult decisions are dedicated to you all. You’ve been with me on life’s journey, and you have cared for me regardless of my manifold sins.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Bloody Cup
, Volume III of
The Chronicles of Arthur
, is the culmination of a perilous journey of self-discovery. Every adult person in the Western World knows that King Arthur dies at the conclusion of the Arthuriad, so how can an author find something unique to say of a man whose very existence is an inextricable part of the history of Britain?

Much of the credit for completing my task must be given to those friends and supporters who advised, encouraged and conspired to carry me over the line to complete my journey. My special thanks go to my super-agent, Dorie Simmonds, whose enthusiasm, expertise and confidence put the project together so professionally. My special gratitude goes to my partner, typist, editor, marketer and manipulator, Michael Hume, who helped me to see and understand the challenges that all men of action and ability (such as he) face as they reach the zenith of their lives and their futures begin to fade away into old age. The need to retain dignity and self-worth is important to all men, most of all those who have flown so very, very high as Arthur did during his forty years as Dux Bellorum of Britain.

To all those who helped me to try to bring Arthur back to life, may his gods walk with you through life and when you join him at last, may he recognize you - and offer you a beer! To you all, the good and the bad, my eternal thanks.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

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