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by Keith Roberts


Roberts wrote numerous novels and short stories and worked as an illustrator. The Boat of Fate (1971) – a historical novel set in Britain at the end of the Roman Empire's power

Roberts wrote numerous novels and short stories and worked as an illustrator. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse  . The Boat of Fate (1971) – a historical novel set in Britain at the end of the Roman Empire's power. Molly Zero (1980) – a novel set in a dystopian future.

The Boat of Fate book. Such a marvellous novel, a fascinating story that blends historical facts, mythology and fiction so well that keeps you spellbound from the first page to the last one. Plot/Story.

For days the field army camped under the walls while the city accorded him the honours that were his due; at the end of that anxious time of waiting he made his intentions known.

For days the field army camped under the walls while the city accorded him the honours that were his due; at the end of that anxious time of waiting he made his intentions known d a packed and silent Senate, had once more manifested his divine will. By his hand the Empire’s enemies had been scattered, the doubters silenced for ever. Therefore let all men. praise the Lord for their deliverance. Meanwhile, as a reward for faithfulness, he named his younger son Honorius as Caesar of the West. For Rome herself he had prepared a unique honour.

I was pointed in the direction of this excellent book by a member of staff in a bookshop. It was recommended to me as the best Roman historical fiction novel the man had ever read

I was pointed in the direction of this excellent book by a member of staff in a bookshop. It was recommended to me as the best Roman historical fiction novel the man had ever read. While I won't give The Boat of Fate that title, because The Eagle of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff has that honour, I will afford it a place in the top three. In my opinion, it's a crying shame that it isn't better known.

Books By Keith Roberts. The boat of fate: An historical novel.

1971) A novel by Keith Roberts. The Roman Empire in its death-throes provides the background for this superb historical novel that recreates the experiences of one man trying to cope with his changing world

1971) A novel by Keith Roberts. The Roman Empire in its death-throes provides the background for this superb historical novel that recreates the experiences of one man trying to cope with his changing world. The time is an age of violence and disintegration, when the old values of Imperial Rome are under attack from all sides-from the outside by waves of Goths and Vandals, and from within by the followers of a fanatical new Eastern sect who worship the Christos. In the midst of the chaos is Sergius Paullus, a young Roman whose spirit is as troubled as the Empire.

The Boat of Fate (1971). Excellent historical novel, if all such were as good we would be in heaven, the author knows his period & people as well as Patrick o'Brian knows his. Probably aimed at young adults, but this old adult has re-read this book several times. Roberts writes excellent historical-based fantasy, this one has barely any fantastic elements, and is hardly known, which is a big pity. Roberts was an engineer, and shows his interest in Roman waterworks and the war machines in the anonymous book "On War" (he invents a plasusible author).

Home Roberts, Keith The Boat of Fate. Published by Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall 1974, 1974. Price: US$ 9. 0 Convert Currency. Dustwrap shows very slight aging at the folds while panels are clean and bright.

Keith Roberts - The Boat of Fate (Roman Britain sliding into the Dark Ages). Closer to home, his recent novel Munich gives a fascinating perspective on the negotiations between Hitler and Chamberlain in 1939 and shows Chamberlain to have been less gullible than he is often made out to be.

Historical novel, a novel that has as its setting a period of history and that .

Historical novel, a novel that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of a past age with realistic detail and fidelity (which is in some cases only apparent fidelity) to historical fact. The work may deal with actual historical. The work may deal with actual historical personages, as does Robert Graves’s I, Claudius (1934), or it may contain a mixture of fictional and historical characters.

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Konetav
I was pointed in the direction of this excellent book by a member of staff in a bookshop. It was recommended to me as the best Roman historical fiction novel the man had ever read. While I won't give The Boat of Fate that title, because The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff has that honour, I will afford it a place in the top five.

This book is astonishingly well written, and details the life of Sergius Paullus, an Iberian Roman whose life spans the last years in the western Roman Empire, when men such as Theodosius ruled, and generals like Stilicho fought to save the last parts of the formerly great empire from destruction. Sergius, an angry and troubled young man, wanders from Iberia to Rome, takes service with the army in Gaul and is then sent to Britain, where he is intimately involved in the last struggle after the legions left in 410 AD. The prose wears its historical detail very lightly, yet conjures a wonderfully intense image of Rome and its empire. I couldn't put it down.

It's a book which has only recently come back in to print, and I sincerely hope that a large publisher takes it on board and rejackets it, because it would sell in large numbers. In its current incarnation, that is unlikely, unfortunately.
Take a chance, buy this book. I guarantee that after the first chapter you'll be hooked. It's a fantastic read.

Ben Kane, author of The Forgotten Legion.
Adoraris
I am a dedicated reader of Roman historical fiction, and I have read the excellent, good, mediocre, poor, and junk. This definitely falls in with the excellent, comparable with Gore Vidal's "Julian", Rosemary Sutcliffe's "Three Legions" series, and Wallace Breem's "Eagle in the Snow". It is an intensely vivid and believable recreation of the Roman world in the early fifth century. We see peaceful Iberian towns remote from the impending chaos. We see a Rome that that is still carousing, still pounding with life, still dirty, and still glorious, although the veneer has now worn thin. We see a Gaul that has been comandeered by the Germans in Roman service, but whose nobles still pretend they call the shots. Finally, we see a Britain, helpless in her peril, watching as her legions depart, but still proud to be "Roman". The people in this book seem real, not like the "cartoon characters" described in other current Roman army fiction novels, however enjoyable they are.
If you want to feel what it was like to live in the Roman twilight, read this book.
The boat of fate: An historical novel ebook
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Keith Roberts
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Hutchinson; First Edition edition (1971)
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