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The Dream of Macsen R A Forde

The Dream of Macsen

R A Forde

Published February 11th 2014
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294 pages
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Magnus Maximus, known to the British as Macsen, was a real person, a Roman commander based in Britain. He rose to be one of the joint rulers of the Roman Empire in the late 4th century, just before the collapse of Roman rule in Britain. The settingMoreMagnus Maximus, known to the British as Macsen, was a real person, a Roman commander based in Britain. He rose to be one of the joint rulers of the Roman Empire in the late 4th century, just before the collapse of Roman rule in Britain. The setting is a time of great political and religious upheaval, and the story is seen through the eyes of his British wife, Helena.The story opens when Helena is a little girl, the daughter of minor British royalty in the town of Segontium (modern Caernarvon) in Anglesey, North Wales. She is introduced to the turbulence of her age by witnessing an attack on Segontium by Irish raiders. Later she heets and marries Macsen and travels with him to York and later London, where she saves him from a plot to arrest him. Instead, he seizes power and defeats the western emperor, becoming recognised by the other two joint emperors.Meanwhile Helena, feeling spurned and lonely, turns to Julius, a young officer, putting both of them in great danger. However, Macsen overreaches himself in a bid for ultimate power as sole ruler of the Empire, and Europe is plunged into war. Meanwhile, Helena finally uncovers the secret which has haunted Macsens private life and their marriage, narrowly escaping with her life.