Funeral Games

Funeral Games

by Mary Renault


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“Renault’s best historical novel yet.... Every detail has solid historical testimony to support it.”–New York Review of Books

After Alexander’s death in 323 B.C .his only direct heirs were two unborn sons and a simpleton half-brother. Every long-simmering faction exploded into the vacuum of power. Wives, distant relatives, and generals all vied for the loyalty of the increasingly undisciplined Macedonian army. Most failed and were killed in the attempt. For no one possessed the leadership to keep the great empire from crumbling. But Alexander’s legend endured to spread into worlds he had seen only in dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375714191
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2002
Series: The Alexander Trilogy , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 402,094
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mary Renault was born in London and educated at Oxford. She then trained for three years as a nurse, and wrote her first published novel, Promise of Love. Her next three novels were written while serving in WWII. After the war, she settled in South Africa and traveled considerably in Africa and Greece. It was at this time that she began writing her brilliant historical reconstructions of ancient Greece, including The King Must Die, The Last of the Wine, and The Persian Boy. She died in Cape Town in 1983.

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323 B. C.

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Principal Persons,
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322 B.C.,
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Author's Note,
Principal Sources,
A Biography of Mary Renault,

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