Troubador The Sender of the Dreams

Released: 28/07/2022

ISBN: 9781803132204

Format: Paperback

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The Sender of the Dreams


November, AD 370: Twenty-five years ago, as an old man lay dying in a cold city beside the Rhine, he told a five year old boy stories of the time, some sixty years earlier, when the rebel emperors Carausius and Allectus seized power in Northern Gaul and Britannia.

So why now, accused of bringing about the murder of a provincial governor by sorcery and under threat of execution, does Canio begin hearing the old man’s voice in his dreams? Hearing again the same stories and remembering the things that his child’s mind had long forgotten.

Past and present unfold in parallel – in wintry Londinium, across a stormy sea, in the warmth and bright sunlight of a May countryside, and finally back to a villa at the foot of the Long Limestone Hills.

And to a strange epiphany.

See Carla Nayland's 23rd July 2011 review of The Sower of the Seeds of Dreams, and also her review of its prequel, The Moon on the Hills, 20th April 2010.

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Bill Page

I have lived most of my life in South Worcestershire, within sight of the northern end of the Cotswolds, that line of distant blue hills of my childhood.

Later, in my teens, I would cycle the long miles south and climb the steep and narrow lanes that wound up to the undulating plateau of the hills.

With the help of a tattered old one inch to the mile Ordnance Survey map I travelled the lonely byways (as they were then), searching out the sites of Roman villas and settlements, and also the Neolithic barrows which must themselves have been familiar landmarks in Roman times.

And always it was the Fourth Century, that final century of Roman Britain, which particularly fascinated me, its air of elegiac mystery permeating those Cotswold landscapes.

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