Mary Renault on power

To stand for the people before the gods, that is kingship. Power by itself is the bronze without the gold. (Mary Renault, The bull from the sea, 1962)

I read historical fiction before I ever read history: Mary Renault, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Henry Treece, Geoffrey Trease. Mary Renault’s book before this one, about the Minotaur, The King Must Die, is a better book I think. The ones of hers I love most are the Alexander the Great trilogy.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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