The Path of the King

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Buchan
Narrator: Unknown
Genres: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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The Path of the King offers a tapestry of historical episodes, from the Vikings through centuries of Norman and French, Flemish, English, Scottish, and American social, economic, and political life. Famous events such as the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, the adventures of Daniel Boone, and much else provide the background for the men and women who successively have the blood of kingliness in them, however diluted. The subtly linked individual stories are used to suggest that kingliness may be dormant or fitful over several generations but will eventually reappear in someone, like Abraham Lincoln.

All the leading characters are presented as descended from a young Viking prince whose death among the Franks as a defeated Northman is implied in the first episode. That princeling's golden torque is the symbol of his royal status, but it is remodeled as a ring, ultimately resurfacing in America only to be lost by young Abe Lincoln when he uses it to catch a fish in a 'crick.' But its loss is of no account, for when kingliness in fact reappears in Lincoln the man, there is no need for it.

Reviews (1)

the path of failure

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on July 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

aThe description of this book sounded like it would be interesting. The beginning was so long and not interesting that I only got through 1.5 cd before I had to skip ahead to see if it got better. It did get some but overall a waste of my time. Not enough continuity between stories for me. Also the reader put me to sleep.

Author Details

Author Details

Buchan, John

John Buchan (18751940)one-time barrister, member of Parliament, soldier, publisher, historical biographer, and govenor-general of Canadais best remembered as the author of popular adventure novels.

John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, is the author of numerous books, including "The Face of Battle" and "The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing,"