Robert Graves's controversial historical novel is a bold reworking of the story of Christ. Here Jesus is not the son of God, but the result of a secret marriage - the descendant of Herod and true King of the Jews. Written from the perspective of a lowly official at the end of the first century AD, King Jesus recounts Jesus's birth, youth, life as a charismatic 'wonder worker' and the unorthodox, bitter nature of his death and resurrection. Portraying Jesus not as divine but as a flawed human bent upon his own doom, this retelling of the gospels is a compelling blend of research, imagination and narrative power.
The knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as a child, boy and man
Written with simplicity and reverence
The camaraderie forged between soldiers during the horrors of World War I inspired some of the greatest verse in English Literature. Here to mark Remembrance Day are some of our favourites.