Sarum: The Novel of England - Study Guide Twilight, The Two Rivers Summary & Analysis

Edward Rutherfurd
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The time is 427 AD and Sarum fears an invasion by the barbarians. The Roman legions have been gone for twenty years. Constantius Porteus is a Christian and a follower of Pelagius. He has many disagreements with his wife Placida and son Petrus. They are the descendants of Caius Porteus.

Petrus and his father quarrel about defending Sarum. Petrus wants them to use German mercenaries, but his father refuses. Petrus hires the Germans on his own.

Paganism still exists and Petrus is a secret pagan, even through his father is a Christian. He hopes to restore Sorviodunum to the pagan gods. Placida and the steward Numincus know that Petrus has hired the Germans. The three of them tell Constantius.

Two years later, the Saxons arrive and are easily beaten by Petrus and the Germans.

Constantius attends a meeting at which the Pelagians...

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