This was published by Heinemann in 1977 at £3.90. There was a Companion Book Club edition in 1978, and it was included in the Penguin paperback of the trilogy under the title The Crimson Chalice in 1980. Happily there is a new edition of the three books in the series from Bello, the "modern classics" imprint of Pan Macmillan.
This was the second part of a trilogy of novels re-telling the story of Arthur, called here Arturo. This covers his boyhood, his rebellion against Count Ambrosius, and his raising of a small force which attacks Saxon settlements. Durstan and Lancelo are recruited to his Company. He marries Daria, and she becomes pregnant.
There is still a strong narrative thread in this book, but the style is much more consciously archaic and 'bardic' than in the first book.
UK first edition
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locations and themes in
The Crimson Chalice trilogy