BEFORE THERE WAS AN ENGLAND, THERE WAS ROMA MATER...
BEFORE KING ARTHUR, THE KING OF YS
As with Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon and Mary Stewart's The Crystal Cave, works with which all four volumes of THE KING OF YS will inevitably be compared, ROMA MATER transpires in the wild and eldritch time between the Fall of Rome and the rise of our own age.
As did those earlier works, ROMA MATER combines Celtic myth with our distant memories of Roman Britain and adds a magic of its own: Ys, daughter of Carthage on the coast of Brittany, ruled by the magic of The Nine and the might of the King, their Husband. How The Nine conspired with their gods to bring him to them, though he belonged to Mithras and to Rome, is only the beginning of the story...
Poul Anderson (1926–2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.
The King of Ys :: Series
The King of Ys is a historical fantasy – it is set in our world just before the fall of the Roman Empire and it mixes in the legend of the mythical city of Ys which was built below sea level on the coast of Brittany. Many of the characters in The King of Ys (Roman emperors, Christian saints, etc) are based on legendary and real historical figures.