EUSEBIUS, THE PHOENICIAN by Christopher Webb

EUSEBIUS, THE PHOENICIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Eusebius from Tyre really gets around. For bringing a Viking's ship back to his lord in Ostmond (Norway), he is given some Vikings to help him search for the Cup of Eternal Life. Before he reaches the legendary Joseph of Arimathea and the Grail in Avalon, the polyglot meets Latin-speaking Arthurus, diminished king of the Tribanantes (near the Brythons living on the Tames at Lug's Dun), who brandishes Excalibur in the right direction in thanks for Eusebius' military support. He also overcomes evil Gro Me'ak, King of the Small Men, living under the Singing Hills with the rest of a band who almost enslave the invaders with rays of mind-robbing light and potent mushroom wine. Eusebius' assistant, Eric the Lame, takes over the dwarfs while the Phoenician continues his quest and confronts Joseph who acknowledges Eusebius' statement that ""that which is most precious to us is valuable only in the degree in which we give it to others."" Adventitious Grail adventure compounded of mumbo-jumbo and hindsight rather than mystery and magic.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1969
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls