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Historical action adventure in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Rosemary Sutcliffe, the Leader of Battles series breathes new life into Arthurian legend....

"My father was a warrior. He bade me fight..."

Britain, AD 427. Rome has abandoned the province, leaving it exposed to waves of barbarian invasions. To the west, savage pirates from Hibernia ravage the coastline. In the North, the crumbling defenses of the Wall cannot contain marauding bands of Picts as they sweep down from the highlands. Worst of all are the Saxons, the dreaded sea-wolves. Under their chiefs, Hengist and Horsa, they wish to drive out the native Britons and claim the entire island for their own.

Attacked from all sides, the Britons find a champion in the form of Ambrosius Aurelianus, the last of the Romans. A modest man, riddled with doubts and fears, Ambrosius reluctantly takes on the mantle of Dux Bellorum, Leader of Battles. Placed in command of Britain's only standing army, he fights to preserve the dwindling light of civilization while the treacherous High King, Vortigern, plots his destruction.

Set before the coming of Arthur, the first book of the Leader of Battles trilogy charts the rise and fall of post-Roman Britain's first great hero, and his desperate struggle to hold back the shadows threatening to engulf his country.

©2014, 2017 David Pilling (P)2017 David Pilling

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Fresh Historic Take on Arthurian Legends

Would you consider the audio edition of Leader of Battles (I): Ambrosius to be better than the print version?

Listening to the audio version enhanced the experience of entering a world where the Roman Empire was on the decline and the Britain began to define its prominence in Western history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leader of Battles (I): Ambrosius?

From his first battle we see Ambrosius as a flawed character swept up in historic times. Later we see him trying to navigate the political waters that surround him throughout his life. It's an interesting blend of fiction and historic fact.

Have you listened to any of Paul Jenkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time listening to Paul perform an audio book. His polished British accent lends a Masterpiece theater quality to the story but is far from being dry.

Who was the most memorable character of Leader of Battles (I): Ambrosius and why?

We see the growth of the title character into the man and warrior he is destined to become. At the same time it's far from being a straightforward heroic epic. His flaws are laid out before us.